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Jobs-for-cash scandal: Task team inundated with tip-offs

The task team probing the jobs-for-cash scandal in state schools had to bring on more investigators.

FILE: It’s been reported that rogue union officials have been pocketing thousands of rand in exchange for securing people jobs as teachers and principals in state schools. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The task team probing the jobs-for-cash scandal in state schools has received so many complaints and tip-offs that it's had to bring in more investigators and ask for more time to complete its work.

Deputy Minister Enver Surty says the task team, chaired by Professor John Volmink, is now expected to submit its draft report before the end of the year.

The investigation was launched after City Press newspaper reports last year that corrupt members of teachers' union, Sadtu, were selling teacher and principals' posts for thousands of rands.

Surty says the forensic probe is nearly complete.

"The commission has been extremely busy with this particular task, it's interviewed all stakeholders, including complainants and has received a great deal of leads."

Surty says Volmink asked for more time.

"The request for an extension came from the chair on the basis that they've received new leads. They have to investigate them because their task would be incomplete and therefore they would be able to submit the report before the end of this year."

Surty says the task team has been provided with three more investigators.