Blitz onfake KZN teachers

2012-06-21 00:00

ALMOST 100 teachers in KwaZulu-Natal found to have fake qualifications must pay back the salaries they earned while employed, the Education Department said yesterday.

In 2010 the department embarked on a exercise to get rid of ghost teachers and those with fake qualifications.

Spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said they had removed the bogus teachers from their posts.

“The department will have to recover the money they earned.

“The investigation, which has been running for the past two years, is in its final stages, with a report on the headcount expected by August.”

Mahlambi was unable to say how much would have to be repaid by the 97 fake teachers identified in KZN.

Anthony Pierce, of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa, said the department would have to hold on to the pension funds of the fake teachers until they paid the money back.

National Teachers’ Union deputy president Allen Thompson said the “teachers” were victims of their circumstances.

He said some had not graduated from the institutions where they were studying because they had not paid outstanding fees, but this was not taken into consideration.

He added that some teachers had produced fake qualifications that looked authentic, but it was discovered that they had not registered with the relevant institutions at all.

The department is also trying to root out ghost teachers, said Mahlambi. “There is no place to hide now because the system identifies those who have presented themselves [to be counted] and those who haven’t, but are still drawing salaries.”

The findings of the headcount exercise would be handed over to other state agencies for further investigation, he said.

Also yesterday, the department announced that 30 principals in KZN had been suspended pending an investigation into the misappropriation of schools funds.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said: “Our observation is that many of our principals live above their means, thereby becoming susceptible to corrupt practices.

The department needed to establish “strong finance committees that are going to ensure that all schools deal judiciously with school funds”.

Mchunu said the department would take drastic action against principals found guilty of misusing funds.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.