GDE inundated with claims of corruption at schools

The GDE says it can only probe any allegations after receiving written evidence.

Gauteng Department of Education in Johannesburg. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) on Wednesday said it's been inundated with calls to investigate schools for corruption, but can only probe the allegations after receiving written evidence.

On Wednesday, the department laid a criminal case against former Glenvista High School officials implicated in a forensic investigation, which found that millions of rands had been misappropriated.

LISTEN: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was approached by whistleblowers to launch a probe into allegations of extreme financial mismanagement at Glenvista High School.

It said it will not tolerate financial mismanagement in schools and intends to recoup the estimated R8 million rand misused.

Spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said the department can only investigate allegations of corruption with written evidence or affidavits from complainants.

"The biggest problem now is that these are coming forward but there's no evidence or written affidavits that are being brought forward for us to start an investigation."

She denied allegations that the department has double standards in the action it takes against some schools found guilty.

"There is absolutely no truth in the allegations that we are applying double standards. We will investigate any school where wrong doing is brought forward."

Sekhonyane said all whistle blowers will be protected by the department.

Meanwhile, she said they have a case number for the Glenvista High criminal case.

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