Report finds rampant corruption at Gauteng school

2015-08-10 14:05

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Johannesburg - The Gauteng education department is pursuing a criminal and civil case against former officials of the Glenvista High School, following a report that highlights rampant corruption at the school.

"I am shocked by this. This is the worst corrupt school I have ever come across," Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday.  

He said the corruption ran into "millions", but could not immediately provide an exact figure.

The forensic report by KPMG found that the former deputy principal appointed his daughter as a coach, while payments were made by the school, on behalf of its former principal, for levies on his holiday home, the installation of a carport at his home, hunting fees and for personal airline flights.

Lesufi also went through various other findings, which showed that the school had a "secret investment account", that it had unauthorised bank accounts, teachers were overpaid, payments were made for classes that did not take place, teachers were appointed without due process, and that a debt collecting company appointed at the school belonged to a former school governing body (SGB) member.

Lesufi emphasised that this happened under the school's governing body (SGB) from 2012 to mid 2014, and not its current SGB.

Criminal case

"Tomorrow, the accounting officer of the department... will formally go to the nearest police station to lay a criminal case against all members of the SGB of 2012-2013 and those that continued to be members of the SGB of 2013-2014 who were present in the meetings where some financial irregularity resolutions were taken," Lesufi said.

"After obtaining the physical addresses of the former principal and the former SGB chairperson, who is now based in KZN, tomorrow we will formally lay a civil case to recoup all the financial benefits deemed to be irregular."

He said the department was in talks with the Hawks for assistance in the cases.  

"Everyone who is implicated in this report, must pay back the money," Lesufi said.

He said the SGB had to terminate the services of the debt collection company and that those teachers who were overpaid would have deductions from their salaries.

"All teachers appointed without following proper procedures - we request the SGB to nullify those appointments so that these teachers can then be screened [properly]."

He said the current SGB "terminated the contract" of the deputy principal who appointed his daughter as a coach.

"I met the SGB this morning. They have already taken steps to ensure that this attitude of misuse of funds is stopped," Lesufi said.

"This might be the tip of the iceberg in some of our schools.

"I have instructed the HOD [head of department] to sample some of our schools. We might need a broad based investigation in our former model C schools to check whether this is not a trend."

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