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Damning report exposes rot in Sadtu

A damning report reveals that Sadtu is entirely implicated in the jobs for cash scandal.

FILE: A damning report reveals that Sadtu is entirely implicated in the jobs for cash scandal. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It has emerged that South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) controls six of South Africa's provincial education departments.

An opposition political party says the union is largely to blame for the dire state of education in the country.

A damning report by Umalusi head professor John Volmink reveals that the jobs for cash scandal implicates the entire union and not just few individuals as Sadtu had claimed.

The report also shows that the Gauteng Education Department conducted its own investigation last year, where a handful of teachers and officials testified that posts were sold for between R30,000 and R45,000.

Earlier this week, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said she would meet with all nine MECs early next year and proposed that all vacant principal posts be frozen to prevent more principals from being killed for their jobs or their posts being sold.

Wits education analyst Mary Metcalfe says too much power for one union is never a good thing.

"When one group has too much power is not necessarily good for education. Or you're necessarily saying that Sadtu by definition is not good for teachers or education."