At least R10 million is spent a year on forensic investigations, fraud detection reviews and tender compliance reviews by the Gauteng department of education. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi indicated that the department conducted 159 audits in the past five years, The Star reported today. Through the reports, 29 principals had been implicated in wrongdoing. These details emerged during a debate in the Gauteng legislature. Some of the findings against schools this year were for governance and financial mismanagement, noncompliance with policies, lack of evidence for expenditure and tender irregularities. The newspaper reported that the forensic audits were kept hidden from the public, and not even the schools were allowed to access them. During the debate, Democratic Alliance MPL Khume Ramulifho accused Lesufi of protecting fraudsters and corrupt officials. “School governing bodies which exposed these financial irregularities are being dissolved and are denied access to these reports,” he said. “The MEC is quick to dissolve governing bodies but takes no action against the real offenders.” Lesufi said he would try to ensure that perpetrators faced the consequences.