Education: suspensions welcomed

2009-11-17 00:00

THE KZN South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), responsible for blowing the whistle on alleged corruption in the provincial Education Department, is happy that investigations are beginning to take shape following the suspension of two senior officials in the department.

The suspensions were announced at the education portfolio committee meeting on Friday as recommended by the auditors so that the forensic investigation can go ahead unhindered.

However, the union still maintains that the department’s top brass should go as well.

Said Sadtu spokesman Mbuyiseni Mathonsi, “We want to meet the MEC and get a full report on the recommendations of the audit.

“We are still calling for what we called for. And we want full submissions of that report.”

Mathonsi added that the allegations “clearly implicated” all the leading officials, yet only two people were suspended, “protecting the higher-placed people”.

In past months, union leaders and their members frequently went to the Anton Lembede House, the department’s headquarters in Pietermaritzburg, and toyi-toyed against top education officials.

The uMlazi district manager was accused of squandering department funds, while the superintendent-general, Cassius Lubisi, and his top managers were accused of not acting against alleged corruption.

A well placed source in Sadtu told The Witness that the report has been kept top secret ,or at least that it was the impression given.

The two suspended officials are said to have opted to take leave, which is apparently allowed in such circumstan­ces.

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