Setas must not tolerate corruption – Nzimande

2011-11-29 10:50

Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) chairpersons must act against corruption in their organisations, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said today.

“Chairpersons, together with their boards, must act decisively against (transgressions including corruption) without fear or favour,” he said at a meeting with Seta board chairmen and chairwomen in Midrand.

“I want to be open, I expect nothing less than clean governance, finished and klaar,” Nzimande said.

Addressing corruption, accountability and accessibility of Setas would improve the public’s perception of them, which he said was “generally negative”.

Nzimande criticised the fact that most training colleges had their head offices in up-market suburbs.

“This does contribute to the legitimate perception that such location only serves to privilege service providers over beneficiaries, and that’s the truth,” Nzimande said.

As part of service-level agreements between his department and Setas, Nzimande said he expected the authorities to start opening offices in rural areas and townships.

Office distribution could then help graduates find work. This would mean Setas would need to share the costs associated with running these offices, Nzimande said.

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