SCHOOLS’ GUPTA LINK QUERY

Cape Argus - - NATION - | Staff Re­porter

THE DA in the North West wants Ed­u­ca­tion and Sports De­vel­op­ment MEC Sello Le­hari to ex­plain the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 77 schools in the prov­ince in a com­pe­ti­tion linked to the Gupta fam­ily. The party wants to know how this was al­lowed with­out the depart­ment head’s ap­proval.

The schools’ in­volve­ment in the draw­ing com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by the Gupta-linked JIC Min­ing Com­pany, came to light when Le­hari and head of depart­ment Stephi­nah Se­maswe ap­peared be­fore the Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee for Home Af­fairs’ in­quiry into the nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion of the fam­ily.

“The MEC needs to ex­plain how it came about that the Gupta fam­ily in­fil­trated the North West Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to the ex­tent that even schools have been pulled into their web of cor­rup­tion,” said Dr Tutu Faleni, the DA’s pro­vin­cial spokesper­son for ed­u­ca­tion.

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