Probe into post-selling ineffective – teachers’ union

2015-10-16 09:35
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Durban – The National Teachers’ Union (Natu) has passed a vote of no confidence in Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's task team charged with investigating allegations of the selling of posts.

Natu deputy president Allen Thompson said the task team, headed by Professor J Volmink, was appointed on October 17, 2014.

“We met with the team… and we raised concerns about the manner in which the task team was conducting its investigation.”

Thompson claimed people who were being investigated were not even aware that the investigation had started.

He said the task team should send out a circular to schools informing teachers about the investigation, and assure victims and witnesses that they would be protected.

“In this province we have a case in court where directors of the department are implicated in the killing of a principal of a school around the matter of posts. In Pietermaritzburg, a teacher was killed, allegedly because of posts.

“In KZN they have already advertised more than 2 000 posts right now, which means that so many people are at risk of losing their lives because nothing has been done to combat this criminality of selling of posts.”

Failed investigation

Thompson said the selling of posts "does not happen in the bush, it happens in the classrooms and offices and in front of employees".

He said the task team has failed to conduct its investigation.

“The task team was expected to move swiftly and finalise investigations within 90 days, but unfortunately, after 341 days, we have not seen anything directed to teachers at school encouraging them to be part of the inquiry.”

He said the union believed that the task team lacked the capacity to deal with the real problem of selling of posts.

“Natu has no option but to pass a motion of no confidence in the task team and call upon the minister to consider approaching the president to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry in the place of the task team,” said Thompson.

‘Can’t be rushed’

Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the work of the task team could not be “rushed”.

“The anxiety is understandable, but we need to allow the team to do its work.

“In the course of doing the investigation it has emerged that the task itself is far more complex than initially anticipated and therefore more time is required. It is important to remember that this has a forensic aspect to it and therefore it will be thorough and possibly slow."

Mhlanga said the task team has visited various provinces and conducted countless interviews in order to obtain information. "It must be noted also that not everybody is co-operating and that affects the time taken to complete the work at hand.”

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