Sadtu denies member involvement in ‘jobs-for-cash’ scandal

A draft report revealed serious levels of corruption & nepotism as a forensic investigation continues.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has strongly denied that its members are involved in a jobs for cash scandal.

A draft report compiled by a special task team, appointed by the Basic Education Department, has found serious levels of corruption and nepotism.

A forensic investigation is still continuing, which has so far found some principals paid up to R50,000 for a post.

Sadtu's Mugwena Maluleke says there's no evidence to show union members were involved in corruption.

The teacher's union says it has not yet received a new report which proved that jobs are indeed being sold for cash, and that its members are involved.

"There's no single union that is involved in the selling of posts or any corruption whatsoever. It is done by individuals."

Maluleke says unions don't have a mandate to appoint teachers or principals.

"The only involvement of the union is to observe that the procedures are being followed and those particular procedures are the five criteria that must always be respected and followed."

Sadtu says no member has the right to interfere in the appointment of new principals and has called for the process to be strictly monitored.

But Maluleke says Sadtu will not hesitate to take action if their members are implicated.

"We will expel them because we have indicated from the beginning that once the investigation is able to give us the names of the people involved, we will then conduct a disciplinary process and rid ourselves of this embarrassing practice."

The department says it wants stricter measures in place to stop nepotism.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she will be meeting with the various provincial MECs to discuss the draft report early next year.

"The proposal that we agreed with the team we're going to make is to say, of the existing posts that are supposed to be advertised, let's establish a team so that we don't appoint the way we're currently appointing."

The task team has also recommended that unions' role in the appointment of new teachers and principals be reviewed.

The police will now start identifying those who could be arrested for corruption while disciplinary processes will also take place.

The final report is expected before the end of February 2016.

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