Former Glenvista SGB to be criminally charged

The 2012-14 SGB of Glenvista High have been found guilty of enriching themselves with school funds.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Monday 10 August revealed findings from an investigation into maladministration at the Glenvista High School. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has said his department will be filing criminal charges against the 2012-14 School Governing Body (SGB) of Glenvista High School this morning.

Officials have been found guilty of enriching themselves with school funds and the MEC has insisted that those responsible must pay back the money.

Lesufi on Monday revealed what he called shocking findings from a forensic investigation conducted by auditing firm KPMG.

He said he's asked the Hawks to assist in a criminal case against the Glenvista High School officials.

"We're in discussions with the Hawks because the person is outside the province now, to assist us in dealing with this matter. We've already exchanged correspondence with the Hawks on this matter."

The MEC said he's also lodging a civil case this morning to recoup all the money.

"Everyone who is implicated in this report must pay back the money."

Among the irregularities, the KPMG audit found the former governing body guilty of operating at least eight unapproved bank and investment accounts, also using unapproved building plans.

It also found that a former principal used school funds to pay for the levies on his holiday home, personal air travel and hunting trips.

The MEC said he's busy assessing whether a wider financial investigation is needed into former Model C schools in the province.

He said he fears that this could be a wider trend and intends holding those found guilty to account.

"I've instructed the Head of Department to sample some of our schools. We might have to have a broader based investigation in all our former Model C schools to check whether this is not a trend."

Lesufi said this was a clear example of looting from parents who work hard to put their children through school.

"It's shocking. Hard earned cash of parents is being misused by a few individuals who believe they're entitled."