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Sadtu to cooperate in 'jobs-for-cash' probe

The union said it would cooperate with efforts to address the selling of teaching posts in some provinces.

FILE: A forensic investigation is still continuing, which has so far found some principals paid up to R50,000 for a post. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) said it would cooperate with efforts to address the selling of teaching posts in some provinces.

However, the union said that a number of allegations made against it in a report by Umalusi Head John Volmink are unfounded.

The report found that the union has control over the department in six provinces and has also directly implicated Sadtu as a whole in the jobs-for-cash scandal.

Sadtu's Mugwena Maluleke said the union had always supported the probe into allegations of corruption in the awarding of teaching posts.

"We have supported the inquiry from the beginning, to rid our system of these particular practices."

He said Sadtu would actively participate in efforts to rid the system of corrupt officials.

"We will be participating to ensure that we have a system that is free of corruption and free of fraud."

The union has however said it has no link to the actions of individual members and can't be blamed for their illicit activity.

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

The report also states that there is weakness in government's system to appoint new teachers and principals across the country.