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Task team will probe teacher fraud

A fraud racket is said to have involved bribes of as much as R30,000.

FILE: A newspaper exposed a fraud racket in April which is said to have involved bribes of as much as R30,000. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A task team will investigate the alleged selling of principal and teacher posts by crooked teachers' union officials, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Wednesday.

A newspaper exposed the racket in April, quoting senior education officials as saying the practice was widespread and involved bribes of as much as R30,000.

Motshekga says the task team will be headed by the chairman of the Umalusi council, John Volmink.

"The team is in place and we are expecting the members who we have requested join the team to confirm their availability. We are hoping they start in August."