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'SGBs & teachers often collude in corruption'

Corruption Watch has exposed financial mismanagement at 10 schools in Gauteng & KZN.

FILE: Corruption Watch says there is evidence of collusion between members of the governing bodies and teachers in corrupt activities.Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN .

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch has revealed it has received over 1,000 reports on corruption cases at schools across South Africa, in the space of just three years.

It says half of these implicate school principals in corrupt activities.

The watchdog group held a meeting in Johannesburg today to expand on its findings.

In its report, released today, Corruption Watch exposes financial mismanagement at 10 schools in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The group's David Lewis says seven of these schools are in Gauteng.

"It's principally mismanagement of funds that we are finding. There are other things [such as] nepotism in appointments [and] there are ghost teachers."

Lewis says this shows there is often collusion between members of the governing bodies and teachers.

"Often in collaboration with the chair of the school governing body, basically diverting funds into their own pickets."

Corruption Watch says some principals who are being investigated still have access to school funds.