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Basic Education owes EC teachers R28m

R2m in assets belonging to the department have been attached after teachers were not paid.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Moveable assets belonging to the Basic Education Department have been attached after it failed to pay R28 million owed to Eastern Cape teachers.

The Legal Resources Centre says the attachment followed legal action on behalf of a number of schools seeking payment for educators hired to fill vacancies.

The Department of Education failed to implement the court order issued in March settled in favour of the schools.

The goods attached are valued at nearly R2 million and include more than 800 computers and seven vehicles, including those used by Minister Angie Motshekga and her director general.

The organisation's Sarah Sephton says, "These are teachers that should have been appointed and paid by the Department of Education but the department failed to appoint and pay them."