‘Cash for jobs’ sus­pen­sions

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS - Batandwa Malingo

Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi said yes­ter­day his de­part­ment was set to sus­pend six of­fi­cials for al­leged in­volve­ment in the “cash for jobs” scan­dal.

Le­sufi said the six were a teacher, a prin­ci­pal, two gen­eral as­sis­tants at Kwa-Bhek­i­langa Sec­ondary School in Alexan­dra and two hu­man re­sources per­son­nel in Jo­han­nes­burg East.

“One of the of­fi­cials (the teacher) was ar­rested on Oc­to­ber 10 and ap­peared in the Jo­han­nes­burg Spe­cialised Com­mer­cial Crime Court on Thurs­day for al­leged bribery of an in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer,” Le­sufi said.

“It is al­leged that the im­pli­cated of­fi­cials fa­cil­i­tated the per­ma­nent ap­point­ments of the two as­sis­tants and sub­se­quently de­manded that they de­posit sub­stan­tial amounts into the teacher’s bank ac­count.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was trig­gered by an anony­mous tip-off.

”Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion at our dis­posal, in­ter­views were held in June this year, how­ever, the said gen­eral as­sis­tants re­ceived back­dated salary pay­ments of over R13 000 re­spec­tively as, ac­cord­ing to the ap­point­ment let­ters on the sys­tem, they were ap­pointed with ef­fect from April 1.

“The six im­pli­cated of­fi­cials will to­day be served with no­tices of in­ten­tion to sus­pend them.

“We strongly con­demn any crim­i­nal acts which [seek] to un­der­mine the dig­nity of the de­part­ment.

“This should serve as a de­ter­rent to any of­fi­cials who might be in­volved in cor­rup­tion.

“They will face the full might of the law.”

The “cash for jobs” scan­dal is not new in the South African ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

Ear­lier this year, unemployed grad­u­ates in KwaZulu-Na­tal took to the streets de­mand­ing an in­ter­ven­tion by the premier, cit­ing “cor­rup­tion” in the hir­ing of teach­ers in the province.

In 2015, Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga said a re­port had re­vealed that some South African Demo­cratic Teach­ers Union (Sadtu) mem­bers were in­volved in cor­rup­tion re­lated to hir­ing teach­ers.

Sadtu de­nied the claims and de­manded that the re­port be made pub­lic.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was trig­gered by an anony­mous tip-off. It is al­leged that the im­pli­cated of­fi­cials fa­cil­i­tated the per­ma­nent ap­point­ments.

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