Over 100 000 'ghost pupils' in E Cape

2011-12-06 08:49

East London - The Eastern Cape education department will save R90.9m after 101 000 ghost pupils were uncovered in a school audit, the Daily Dispatch reported on Monday.

Department superintendent-general Modidima Mannya said the number could grow, with two of the province's five quintiles yet to be audited.

According to the audit, 2 020 158 pupils were enrolled in ordinary public schools, costing the state R900 a year per pupil.

Mannya said the audit was a breakthrough, with 83% of schools in the province not paying fees, which placed budgetary pressure on the department. He said 128 schools had been identified where funds would be re-allocated next year.

The Sterkspruit district seemed to have the highest number of culprits, with 139 schools inflating pupil numbers. The Dutywa district was second with 91, followed by the Ngcobo district with 63, the daily reported.

  • Shadoz66 - 2011-12-06 08:56

    So where they registering these pupils to claim the funds ?

      Sharon - 2011-12-06 10:08

      More than likely............bloody agents

      Deon - 2011-12-06 10:21

      EC Education dep.

  • Maai - 2011-12-06 08:56

    What can I say? These peple will find any way possible to steal money in huge numbers. Yet they march to demand economic freedom... If only they were as good at working as they are at thieving...Will anybody be convicted? Will they have to refund the money? I bet not. A failed nation.

      dino19 - 2011-12-06 09:57

      Who are *these people*?

      Serena - 2011-12-06 10:07

      @dino19, Who are these people you ask! Take one guess!Who are the people running the schools. You must be a very well balanced person, chips on both shoulders!!!!!

      JodiAllemeier - 2011-12-06 10:20

      As far as i can see, there is no proof of individuals stealing funds - perhaps the schools were so badly underfunded they found this loophole to get the money they needed to buy books, tables and hire staff? Not saying its "right" but more of a "desperate times call for desperate measures" situation.

      Anthony - 2011-12-06 12:24

      i said in 1994 that 'these people' couldnt run this country --im still saying it in 2011--the only difference is i now have facts and proof

      Sean - 2012-01-12 01:14

      @Jodi - fraud is not the way to go! It is a punishable crime and I hope justice will follow its course! Where do you think this money is coming from? Even if you support this, proper control should be in place to ensure that all needy schools get their fair hare. Two wrongs don't make a right!

  • John - 2011-12-06 09:04

    the EC and MP need major investigation the two are by far the most corrupt

  • christoff.truter - 2011-12-06 09:04

    Who do you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

      Marion - 2011-12-06 09:13


      Ian - 2011-12-06 09:40

      ha ha ha lol lol lmfao, at the end of the day, what a bunch

      Barefoot - 2011-12-06 10:09

      Lol the best comment

  • Larry - 2011-12-06 09:07

    Wherever they dig, they will find this happening. The incompetents that have the job of governing, do not have a clue.

  • Deon - 2011-12-06 09:08

    This sounds like corruption and theft, heads should role.

  • Vince.York - 2011-12-06 09:10

    Makes one PROUD to be part of the Rainbow Nation - these ghostly arms deals, trender contracts, stifling of information and democracy, provincial finances collapsing and the looting continues unabated! Happy Xmas and register some more extended families while under the Mangaung 2012 tree before they start taking the futures from your 12th generation away progeny.

      Kaizer - 2011-12-06 10:30

      Actually Pieter, Black is the lack of all colors of light, or an exhaustive combination of multiple colors of pigment.

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-06 12:13

      mmmkay guys!

      Vuyolwethu - 2011-12-06 12:20

      I dont understand wat r u on abt wit black. is ths a racial comment?

      Dorothea - 2011-12-06 12:36

      vuyo, yes its racist. but well deserved dont you think?

  • Cuthbert - 2011-12-06 09:13

    It's time someone is answerable to the E.Cape education scandals...ghost learners, ghost educators, ghost schools, mud schools all because of greed.

  • Marion - 2011-12-06 09:15

    That money could have been used to build schools or supply textbooks or employ extra teachers. In a country where the taxpayer base is so low versus the entire population every rand that is nicked is one rand too many. Let the heads roll. Jackie Selebi will be glad of the company.

  • cupcake - 2011-12-06 09:17

    so where did that money go?

      Deon - 2011-12-06 09:26

      It went to the schools. R900 per kid per year.

      Marion - 2011-12-06 09:44

      @Deon... you got that wrong... R900 per ghost per year.

      Deon - 2011-12-06 10:17

      R900 per all kids (ghosts included), so they get actually more per kid per year. Say for instance the school has 1000 kids and add 200 ghosts they get R1 080 million / 1000 = R1 080 per kid. Lekker skelm.

      Marion - 2011-12-06 10:53

      @Deon... didn't realise you were including all the kids. Just the tip of a massive iceberg... wait till they check out Limpopo...

  • Andre - 2011-12-06 09:28

    Unfortunately the schools are the ones that will suffer. As if those schools had enough money to begin with, they will be cutting this 90mil and spending it where? More parties? Free t-shirts? Another R100mil party? In this current situation, I cannot believe that they will be taking spending away from the Education system!

      Deon - 2011-12-06 11:20

      The schools gave the education dep. the incorrect numbers, to get more money. This is stealing to me.

      Dorothea - 2011-12-06 12:37

      i cannot believe that you are defending the schools? they lied and cheated. it is quite simple.

      Andre - 2011-12-06 20:42

      They are forced into lying about these things because the people who pay them steal most of it! I blame the government, if the schools were funded well enough, they wouldn't need to steal!

  • Denise - 2011-12-06 09:33

    whahahahaha! Hey why not - every one else is doing it! Not even surprising anymore when these things are brought to light!

  • Ian - 2011-12-06 09:40

    another day of too many clowns in the anc circus

  • Marion - 2011-12-06 09:46

    In fairness to the government, at least they are uncovering corruption even if we don't like the outcomes. There are many ghosts in the state grant system too. Too many people treating government coffers like their private bank accounts.

  • zelda.potgieter - 2011-12-06 09:47

    Wow. At a loss for words really. Our tax money has been used for pupils that do not even exist? SO in who's pockets did our tax money land?? We HAVE to start holding the Eastern Cape government and all other local and provincial governments accountable. It is OUR tax money. They work for US. Join us on

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  • SNG62 - 2011-12-06 09:49

    Time to mobilise & vote the ANC out of power!

      Sharon - 2011-12-06 10:13

      AMEN @ SNG62

  • madsipho - 2011-12-06 09:56

    Why do they call them ghosts? - 2011-12-06 10:09

      Because like ghosts these pupils don't exist

      Deon - 2011-12-06 10:19

      They don't exist / numbers were inflated off kids in schools. We have seen "ghosts" pensioners also before.

      Yurak - 2011-12-06 10:28 are a boon

      Dorothea - 2011-12-06 12:39

      madsipho, i am hopeful that you are being sarcastic?

      madsipho - 2011-12-06 16:03

      Lol, damn EC must be corrupt hey, i am born there but they way it is frightens me.

  • Robsschele - 2011-12-06 10:01

    What will happen to the teachers now. Don't they allocate teachers according to the number of pupils per school.

      Vuyo - 2011-12-06 10:51

      Yes Robsschele, those teachers are also "ghosts" drawing salaries from the EC Education Department. They are probably EC Education Department officials. It's happened before. What an utter mess.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-12-06 10:08

    Seems corruption is enshrined in the EC schools, is it a coincedence that the ANC stronghold is in that region, hmmmm?

  • Jason - 2011-12-06 10:10

    Yip, thats a banana republic for you!!

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-06 10:10

    they see dead people

      Archie - 2012-01-12 08:23

      They are educating their ancestors

  • Bob - 2011-12-06 10:10

    Is there not even one little ounce of honesty in our system anywhere???? How do these people live with themselves crooking and cheating at every turn! Just despicable thugs north south east and west!

      Vuyo - 2011-12-06 10:53

      Agreed, why are they not focussing on the job of Education? That is the reason EC has the worst pass rate in the country. WTF? It is really infuriating!!

  • Hannetjie - 2011-12-06 10:49

    This is only 1 province - maybe if they audit all the provinces there will be money to pay enough qualified and motivated teachers to make sure the education level is not so shocking!!!!!!!

      Marion - 2011-12-06 10:56

      When a pass of 33% is acceptable we accept mediocrity in our education system. It means that most of the kids don't absorb 67% of the information in an already inferior education system. The education system should have been maintained at the same level as the 'previously advantaged' were educated.

  • Louis - 2011-12-06 10:56

    So why am I paying R 6000-00 Per Child Per Year for my children in a Primary School? (NOT a PRIVATE SCHOOL)

  • TawwaTienie - 2011-12-06 11:03

    Why am I not surprised? Corruption is really a high prize South Africans are paying now. How many serviced rdp houses could have been built? For how long is this going on and where are all these money? In Trustfund accounts?

      Sean - 2012-01-12 01:35

      The money is in Swiss bank accounts....hehehe

  • linda.hanger - 2011-12-06 11:06

    How on earth do you educate a child for R900 per year??? I think the commentators on this site have missed the point! If the State is only paying R900 per child per year, they are seriously underpaying and you can't blame the headmasters of the schools for inflating the numbers in order to get more funds. But no problem to pay R17 million for Jackie Selebi's defence. Really Government, you have to get your priorities right.

      Deon - 2011-12-06 11:37

      The parents should also be asked to pay school fees, 83% of these can not be unemployed. (83% of schools don't pay school fees)

      sorryson3 - 2011-12-06 12:38

      Care to take a look at the disadvantaged schools on your doorstep ?? In PE's Northern Areas there is huge , no massive , challenges to overcome and when you see ordinary teachers going way beyond their duties to see that students have a decent meal and not be taught on empty stomachs you have to question ANC policy, or lack of implementation , coupled with corruption !!! So please justify ( Never mind R17mil for Selebi ) R2.4 BILLION for Swaziland !!!!!!!

  • Derk - 2011-12-06 11:34

    I wonder if they were all called "Casper"

  • sjaanbuchel - 2011-12-06 11:37

    Time to lay the ghosts to rest: Ghost teachers, ghost pensioners, ghost civil servants and ghost school kids. It's getting really spooky!

  • Anton - 2011-12-06 12:54

    A principal salary is determined inter alia by the number of pupils in his school and that also determines the size of the subsidy they receive

  • Sean - 2012-01-12 01:23

    Is this money going to be recouped from the perpetrators while serving their jail sentences?

  • Frank - 2012-01-12 09:45

    no prizes for guessing who * these people are*

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