Report details Limpopo education rot

2012-07-13 07:50

Johannesburg - The Limpopo education department spent R25m a year on phone bills, and its financial systems were in a state of "decay", The Star reported on Friday.

It further contravened financial laws by splitting a multi-million rand tender into smaller ones of R500 000 each to avoid a bidding process, according to a 47-page report authored by the department's former administrator, Anis Karodia.

The Star reported that according to the document, the department was "top-heavy", some senior managers had no relevant qualifications and were in their jobs because of "political patronage".

The report was presented to members of the National Council of Provinces on their four-day fact-finding mission to Limpopo in March.

Nepotism, clock-watching

According to Karodia the department went bankrupt due to a culture of nepotism and clock-watching. There were "family ties and friendships from the very top".

There was no oversight by MEC Dickson Masemola, department head Morebudi Thamaga, chief financial officer Martin Mashaba, or senior management.

Staff captured staff allowances on the BSA IT system, used to capture goods, rather than Persal, used for staff information, to evade paying tax.

A total of 1 806 cellphones were issued, costing about R1m a month, and the same amount for the landlines.

"This means that the cellphone and landline usage per year is in the region of R25m," according to the report.

Limpopo education department spokesperson told The Star: "The MEC challenged the authenticity of the report and the unsubstantiated allegations presented by Dr Karodia... Up to date those allegations were never substantiated."

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga fired Karodia in May.

The department went bankrupt in September last year and was placed under administration in December.

  • RabbleRouser - 2012-07-13 07:55

    This is not surprising. Cadre deployment of incompetent people will result in gross under performance.

      Jack - 2012-07-13 08:35

      I bet if you look around you'll find another 7 reports. Philemon living in denial doesn't change the situation

      andre.marx - 2012-07-13 08:54

      What performance?...... The only performace I see is when they toy toy .... and deny wrongdoing when being caught.

      jack.milosevic - 2012-07-13 09:02

      What other country does this to their own people, burn educational books and misusing funds allocated for young learners. It's sick! and the education minister gave herself an “8” for the way she has handled the situation. Oh my !@#$ their standards are so very low.

      willie.vanschoor - 2012-07-13 09:13

      HAHAHAHAHAHA and the report does not reflect the copiuos amounts of KFC delivered daily.....eish thes countree is tooo nice!!!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-13 09:31

      Where is Blade Mzimanzi( or is it blunt,blind blade)when this type of atrocities are mentioned ? How many houses could have been built for the poor? They keep on wasting money because we the tax paying fraternity pay our dues too easily.

      Phelamanga - 2012-07-13 09:31

      @philemon.ndlovu.5. Unfortunately, it's not a lie. Loyal cadres were deployed to prominent positions in the Eastern Cape Department of Education. The vast majority of these were not competent to do the jobs they had been given and they were not prepared to fulfil the functions of the job. They had a job, but they didn't want to do the work. Mondays and Fridays were "travelling days", and public holidays gave an excuse to take off the whole week. Simple applications for school provisions were ignored, mainly because the cadres did not know how to write letters or use computers to do this. But when it came to applying for subsistence and travelling allowances the forms were completed and often for higher than actual amounts. Cadres would refuse to use government supplied transport and hire cars and minibuses from car rental companies because the rate per kilometre on these was higher than that of a government vehicle. Non-cadres had their work disrupted or were threatened, or they simply had their work stolen from them and it was passed off as the work of a cadre. Cadres would often sit in their offices wearing new suits and outfits, with labels still attached, staring at the phone ringing off the hook.Cadre Directors would be attending a baptism, or had a puncture, or had a small accident, or their mother had died for the umpteenth time. When they were in the office they would order KFC and invite their friends. That's the truth that no one can deny.

      philemon.ndlovu.5 - 2012-07-13 09:48

      Oh please! The report remains unsubstantiated, and the liar, Dr Karodia, was fired because of his malicious fabrications!

      sihleh.mthethwa - 2012-07-13 10:54

      @philemon.ndlovu.5. The way you're so defensive about all this its as if you or a carde of yours benefit from this.

      dee.980 - 2012-07-13 11:13

      Philemon - has it occured to you that it is way more likely that Karodia was fired because he told the truth? Actually - it does not take ANY report for you or any citizen with 1 brain cell to figure out that in the epic failure of Limpopo and E.Cape governance that 1. Top & middle management are not qualified managers and invest more effort into serving their own & family interests than serving citizens 2. Public funds are being used for personal gain by these 'cadres' - and not for the intended citizens 3. Clerical staff have no leadership or ability to do their jobs - so spend their days talking on the phone or playing on the internet. 4. SYSTEMS are bypassed with no discipline of daily, weekly, monthly procedures, controls, checks and balances. How else do you account for these epic failures of governance?

      martinh82 - 2012-07-13 12:09

      @philemon: Karodia was fired because he exposed the cANCer. That is what happens when you upset the cadre mafia. See the Glynnis Breytenbach/Richard Mdluli situation.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-07-13 07:57

    Fire the lot and start again! This bunch of morally corrupt and incompetent people have possibly cost the children a way out of poverty. So throw them in jail and lock away the key for trying to destroy the hopes and dreams of our youth. No mercy.

      Albertus - 2012-07-13 09:06

      fire by way of firing squad

      ricky.hammer.92 - 2012-07-13 09:12

      agg Lyndatjie. I don't think it would make a difference. Those students there would rather play soccer,go to shebeens to get drunk and practice some cultural values like rape,theft and assualt then do some homework and improve their lives. They all going to be AA apointees in local gov anyway. Let the anc rape that province and let those worthless kids be total f-ups in life. You just stick too helping your kith and kin walk all over the trash of the planet,limpopo/E-Cape's citizens.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-13 09:32

      Tyre fire?

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-07-13 07:59

    It seems this lot are well educated in fleecing the fiscus.

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-07-13 08:03

    Hahaha so what's new hahaha

  • mrakes.ofentse - 2012-07-13 08:03

    And qualified people are denied the jobs because they have no political affiliation and relatives in top positions... these idiots are taking SA to the dogs

  • lulama - 2012-07-13 08:12

    And Angie says she deserves 8/10 for performance. This woman is crazy and should be ashamed of herself.

      Dave - 2012-07-13 08:16

      I really cannot condone violence, but I would dearly love to walk up to Angie and give her one almighty wallop across her chops

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-13 09:27

      She judges her performance based on the general low standard of her colleagues.

  • pete.bower.982 - 2012-07-13 08:16

    I've heard a "conspiracy theory" that the ANC want to keep the masses "uneducated" because that way it can almost guarantee their vote in the future. Seems like it's succeeding in Limpopo.

      ricky.hammer.92 - 2012-07-13 09:15

      Yip. Why work when you can get a free RDP house,unemployment grants,child support grants,NHI and once every 5 years a packet of KFC and a T-shirt.

  • rofhiwa.rasivhetshele - 2012-07-13 08:21

    investigations should be done for all departments!!!

      Harald - 2012-07-13 09:35

      and then... nothing happens... Maybe they redeploy to idiots to another dept, and bring those idiots to education... thats the ANC way!

  • Hermann - 2012-07-13 08:22

    Not necessary to ask why Karodia was fired, the answer stands out like a sore thumb.

  • michelle.r.archer - 2012-07-13 08:24

    Sadly, the only losers here are the children who are being denied the basic right of quality education. Just because adults are out for self-enrichment. Be careful, because the young uneducated, will turn violent soon

      jack.milosevic - 2012-07-13 09:02

      They always have been violent, nothing new here dear.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-13 08:26

    What will be an appropriate response to obvious divertion of taxpayer's money into individual's pockets? Sure there is denial, and then there will be the usual plea for innocence until proven guilty....but rotten is surely clear, and there is no doubt more. The thing is that I cannot begin to imagine how this can be fixed!

  • whyeti - 2012-07-13 08:27

    Once again no person will be held responsible. How is it possible for these huge sums of money being spent without proper controls and even worse going undetected.In fact all the people in management should be fired without recourse to hearings. This was not their money to be spent, it belonged to the people of South Africa and as such accountability and controls must be adhered to. The education ministers should have to answer for this total disaster and waste of public funds, but I guess no one in government will demand serious be taken.

  • ntombizodwa.letty - 2012-07-13 08:29

    That's the result of uneducated people n selfishness from our government,people with qualifications are cleaners etc. They also demend what they dont have to the applicant, they are full of shirt. Angie must look to what is best for the country not for her benefits n relative.

  • Andre - 2012-07-13 08:31

    Surprised? Not even the ANC is! I have come to the conclusion that the Govt is very happy to see the country going down the tubes so that they can all sit under the shades of the, by then, few remaining trees and and pride themselves of their achievements because by doing this, they would have created "jobs" for everybody in SA so that they can proudly sing Viva our intelligent Leadership...

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-13 08:32

    How the hell do u spend R25 million on phone calls?! Sad thing is that its too late to do anything now. The money is gone and the kids already suffered a hard blow....Gravy Train still going strong...and the masses still illiterate...

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-13 08:34

    R25 mil just on phone calls!!!! Well i guess thats what you get when you wanna have your ANC comrades running things. To all you ANC voters you better start catching a big wake up. Your ANC leaders do not care about your education. They dont want you to become clever than them. R25 million could've been used to repaire schools, buy more desks and books. Who the hell were they calling. Love to know how many international calls were made. But you know if you wanna keep voting these corrupt leaders in just because they give you empty promises well then I dont feel sorry for you. You ANC voters are destoying your young ones future for a proper education because u vote these idiots in and dont even try bring apartheid into this. This is the ANC's own doing and they do not care about your education. In any other country if this happened ppl would be fired. None of this special leave while investigation goes on,they would be fired, no pay until the investigation is over and if found not guilty return. Not like our bloody ministers.

  • dieter.erxleben.1 - 2012-07-13 08:35

    Cant wait for the day that the DA takes over and cleans up this mess, although that would probably be the start of the Civil War too.

  • paul.cunliffe.315 - 2012-07-13 08:35

    How can we ever expect to have an educated population, when the dept is run by uneducated gorms. Right from the top !!

  • chazfury - 2012-07-13 08:36

    at least they got the cANCer receipe on the notch. This is the norm.

  • Ingrid - 2012-07-13 08:37

    So Fire the messanger and all will be well again. How long can the tax payer hold out, the general consesus is SO WE DESERVE IT because of loyalty to the stuggle. It's our turn now the MOTTO from MOGALI CITY MUNICIPAL Executive, obviously all cardres have the same motto.

  • geraldsebanda - 2012-07-13 08:40

    doesnt Jacob Zuma have interests in EduSolutions, the company that won the textbook tender?

  • nomavo1 - 2012-07-13 08:42

    This is a mess.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-13 09:44

      And just the tip of the iceberg. There is a more comprehensive article in the M&G that shows in just what a dire mess the national education department is under the incomptent leadership of the minister.

  • bleskido - 2012-07-13 08:42

    the future of SA is at stake coz of lack accountability by govt. SA will be the next zimbabwe sooner than expected watch the space

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-07-13 08:42

    So what else is new? the cadres continue to bleed the system dry, and then complain they don't have economic freedom. Bunch of parasites, the cANCer killing the country.

  • Baas.John - 2012-07-13 08:55


  • smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-07-13 09:02

    Blame ANCYL

  • andile.fihlela - 2012-07-13 09:10

    I've heard of misusing of funds but this is outrageous yoh!

  • mark.dare.35 - 2012-08-13 14:45

    So what? This is what the ANC wants. If these idiots keep voting the ANC into power in Limpopo, then they get the government they deserve. And the voters children grow up education less and stupid like their parents, also just like the ANC wants. Stupid voters = stupid voting decisions. Period.

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