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Education dept probes jobs-for-sale claim

The department will investigate reports that Sadtu members have arranged jobs for bribes.

The Department of Basic Education says it will investigate reports that Sadtu members have arranged school jobs, retirement packages and transfers for bribes. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Basic Education says it's busy consulting widely to decide on whether a judicial inquiry will be set up to investigate an alleged 'jobs-for-sale' racket.

The _ City Press_ newspaper is reporting that corrupt South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) members have been selling positions, including principal posts in KwaZulu-Natal.

Further allegations have emerged that the scam may stretch across other provinces and involve far broader corruption and intimidation.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has described the situation as dangerous and one that cannot be allowed to continue.

"The minister is consulting various components of the state to indicate whether we can take an option of a judicial inquiry or any other committee," says the department's Panyaza Lesufi.

"The minister takes the matter very, very seriously," he adds.

The City Press says Sadtu officials have been "manipulating the education system across provinces" in order to influence appointments of teachers as well as the execution of retirement packages and transfers.

The newspaper says some deals have been made in return for bribes as little as R6,500.