'We won't work with Soobrayan again'

Sadtu has accused Bobby Soobrayan of violating the Public Finance Management Act.

Basic Education Director-General Bobby Soobrayan was placed on special leave on 24 July.Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) says it will not work with Basic Education Director-General (DG) Bobby Soobrayan regardless of the outcome of his internal disciplinary hearing.

Sadtu has accused Soobrayan of violating the Public Finance Management Act.

This is after he allegedly signed a collective agreement without following proper internal processes resulting in huge financial implications to the state.

Soobrayan's hearing will be chaired by retired Judge W van der Merwe.

Sadtu's general secretary Magwena Maluleke said the union doesn't believe Soobrayan has a right to a fair hearing.

"We respect the law but the problem is we cannot be forced to work with a person who is working against the Department of Education and against the people of this country."

On Wednesday, the Department of Basic Education placed Soobrayan on special leave until the disciplinary hearing into his alleged misconduct is concluded.

Department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said Paddy Padayachee has been appointed as the acting DG until the disciplinary matter against Soobrayan is concluded.

"They've appointed Mr Padayachee to act until the matter is finalised we felt that for the benefit of Sadtu and the department it would be appropriate as the DG takes special leave."

Lesufi said Soobrayan handed over his response to Sadtu's allegations to Motshekga on Monday.

The hearing is expected to begin within 9 days.

The union has also previously demanded the firing of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.