DA calls for action against Sadtu in 'jobs for cash' scandal

By Drum Digital
23 May 2016

The DA on Monday called on senior education leaders to summon the SA Democratic Teachers Union's (Sadtu) leadership before Parliament to answer for the union's part in corruption detailed in a "jobs for cash" report released by the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) on Friday.

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In a statement, DA spokesperson on basic education, Gavin Davis, said he had written to the chairperson of the Basic Education Portfolio Committee, Nomalungelo Gina, requesting that Sadtu leadership appear before the committee as soon as possible.

The "jobs for cash" report released on Friday night contains damning corruption findings against Sadtu.

According to the report, the Department of Education is effectively only in control of education in one-third of South Africa's provinces.

It said that where authority was weak, teacher unions would "move into the available spaces and determine policies, priorities and appointments, achieving undue influence over matters which primarily should be the responsibility of the department".

It added that, in some cases, there appeared to be collusion between union officials and district managers, and sometimes with provincial human resources officials, "leading to a system of patronage".

"There is a clear basis in such cases for further investigation by a competent authority," the report said.

Motshekga commended

Davis said Sadtu president Magope Maphila had to account to Parliament for the union's role in the corruption racket.

"Sadtu has consistently claimed that it has not been given a chance to state its case. We, therefore, expect that Mr Maphila will welcome the opportunity to appear before the Portfolio Committee to do just that."

Davis said he had also written to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to get an indication of when the report would be tabled in Parliament.

"It is crucial for the Portfolio Committee to discuss and deliberate on the sixteen recommendations contained in the final report, since these could have far-reaching consequences for our education system."

Davis further commended Motshekga for establishing the task team and finally releasing the "jobs for cash" report in the face of Sadtu pressure.

"She now needs to ensure that action is taken against the individual Sadtu members implicated, as well as the Sadtu leadership who allowed this corruption to happen under its watch."

Source: News24

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