Cows for jobs scandal: Sadtu wants City Press boycott after exposé

2015-05-19 15:49
The City Press front page on the allegations against Sadtu.

The City Press front page on the allegations against Sadtu.

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The South African Democratic Teachers Union in KwaZulu-Natal wants to call a boycott of City Press over the newspaper’s allegations of a jobs for cash, sex and cows scam involving the union in several provinces.

Sadtu provincial secretary Nomarashiya Caluza today said the union was considering calling “a boycott of all progressive forces to boycott the paper’’ over the most recent allegations, which included claims that the union had influenced appointments to promotion posts for cash and even livestock.

The allegations first surfaced last April when City Press exposed the alleged jobs-for-posts scam. At the time, Sadtu denied them and agreed to cooperate with a commission of inquiry that was subsequently appointed by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

On Sunday the newspaper ran another exposé, this time revealing some of the abuses that Motshekga’s commission, chaired by educationist Dr John Volmink, had uncovered.

Addressing a media conference today, Caluza said the boycott call came as a result of the newspaper attributing actions of individuals to the union. The union, she said, had not yet taken the matter to the press ombud or any other structure or taken legal action against the newspaper because the commission had not concluded its work.

Sadtu, she said, had never taken any resolution in its 25 years of existence to “sell or fix posts’’. She claimed that City Press has “a big agenda of destroying the organisation and its leaders”.

“If not, we believe the newspaper is being used to liquidate the organisation,” Caluza said.

Caluza said that while Sadtu had “encouraged” any of its members who had information about corruption in the placement of teachers, principals and deputy principals as alleged by the newspaper to go to the commission, the union had not done so itself. It had not been invited to “make representation” by Volmink’s team, she added.

Caluza said there was no chance that the commission would find against the union, but that it might make rulings about the actions of “individuals who happen to be Sadtu members”.

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