Alleged corruption at school to be investigated

2015-07-23 06:01
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The Department of Education is to investigate allegations of corruption at Vezokuhle Primary School in Mpumuza.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane The Department of Education is to investigate allegations of corruption at Vezokuhle Primary School in Mpumuza.

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A TEAM has been tasked by the provincial Department of Education authorities to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds at Vezokuhle Primary in Mpumuza.

Allegations also include the signing of the cheque without the treasurer of the school governing body’s (SGB) consent.

It is also alleged that the school has a “ghost principal” who draws a salary every month.

Confirming the investigation, KwaZulu-Natal Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the department will have to investigate and find evidence.

“We will leave no stone unturned. If there are people involved, action will be taken against them.”

SGB treasurer Thabile Mtshali said she has become a victim for being a whistle blower concerning the mismanagement of funds, saying this has affected pupils.

“Books that should have been bought last year were only bought in May.

“The signing of the cheques was delayed because the principal and the chairperson [of SGB] wanted to do things their way.

“As the treasurer I have to sign for the cheques. Anything that is related to the signing of monies has to pass by me.

“I have to grant, sign and get feedback on everything. Buying books for the pupils was delayed.

“The books should have been bought last year. One of the books that should have been bought is called ANA [Annual National Assessments] which is part of the syllabus­ for the June and December exams.

“The book was not bought on time and children did not write the exam for that book,” she said.

A former SGB member said there is a lot of corruption going on in the school that involves senior officials.

“This has been going on at the school for a very long time.

“We are asking the department to intervene because this might end up destroying the future of the children,” he said.

Mahlambi stressed that the department will act on this if there is evidence.

Attempts to reach the principal and school governing body chairperson were unsuccessful at the time of going to press

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