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Motshekga to tackle 'jobs-for-sale' scandal

The Basic Education Minister is set to respond to reports of union members selling positions.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to make an announcement today regarding a ' jobs-for-sale' racket that's been unearthed.

The minister could reveal the formation of a judicial inquiry to investigate what has been described as a 'dangerous situation' in the country's schools.

The City Press newspaper has reported on how union members have been selling various positions, including principal posts, for as much as R30,000.

The epicentre of the scandal is KwaZulu-Natal but the racket may stretch across other provinces and involve intimidation and the possible murder of a whistle-blower.

The department's Panyaza Lesufi says, "That's why we are so worried. Because the investment within the leadership of schools has been huge and we can't allow the investment to just go down the drain."