DA calls for fresh probe into book firm

2010-06-08 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance in KZN wants the provincial Education Department to re-investigate the procurement division following fresh accusations of fraud and corruption involving a company called Edusolution.

Last week, principals from uThukela district protested outside the department’s headquarters in Burger Street questioning the department’s decision to award a tender for the supply of all stationery and textbooks to Edusolution only.

The principals said they believe the withdrawal of their previous right to purchase their own school stationery, a benefit for schools with section 21 status, is because department heads have vested interests since Edusolution’s CEO is a former deputy superintendent-general.

DA KZN Education spokesperson Tom Stokes said the DA is disturbed by the latest allegations “given that they involved Edusolution, a company believed to have over-invoiced the department previously” and that it was charged with fraud for inflated invoicing.

Speaking to The Witness last week, the principals objected to not being able to buy their own stationery at market-related prices, claiming that Edusolution sells at inflated prices.

Explaining his decision to revoke the rights of schools to buy their own textbooks, superintendent-general Cassius Lubisi said internal investigations have found that many schools do not use the money for books.

Lubisi said the department saves by buying stationery in bulk and from one supplier.

Stokes said he will be asking Lubisi for a report outlining the reasons behind the withdrawal of the legal rights of these section 21 schools to buy their own stationery.

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