Six education officials implicated in bribery
SIX Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) officials have been implicated in a cash-for-posts scam, with one already arrested and charged with bribery.
Yesterday, the GDE revealed that the six officials had been identified as a teacher, a principal, two general assistants (GA) at Kwa-bhekilanga Secondary School in Alexandra, and two human resources personnel at the Johannesburg East District offices.
“One of the officials (the educator) was on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 arrested, and appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court (on Thursday) for alleged bribery of an investigating officer,” said GDE spokesperson Steve Mabona.
Mabona said it was alleged that the implicated officials facilitated permanent appointments of the two general assistants and subsequently demanded that they deposit substantial amounts into the educator’s bank account.
The probe began after an anonymous tip-off, and according to information at the GDE’S disposal, the interviews were held in June 2018.
“However, the GAS received backdated salary payments of over R13 000 each as, according to their appointment letters, they were appointed with effect from April 1, 2018,” said Mabona.
The six were yesterday served with notices for intention to precautionary suspend them.
“We strongly condemn any criminal acts, which seeks to undermine the dignity of the department. This should serve as a deterrent, all officials who might be involved in corruption will face the full might of the law,” said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
“It is important noting that, parallel to the departmental action, these corruption allegations will also be brought to the attention of the South African Police Services for further criminal investigations,” said Mabona.
In 2014, City Press revealed that the selling of teacher positions had become a widespread problem within the national education department.
The expose revealed that principals’ positions were being sold for upwards of R30 000 while teachers’ posts were also being sold for livestock and cash.
The report resulted in an in-depth probe into the allegations that revealed the South African Democratic Teachers Union was responsible, and seemingly controlling at least six provincial education departments.
The union denied the allegations.