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‘Jobs for cash’ task team concerned over leaked report

The task team says the leaked incomplete preliminary report is likely to compromise the rest of its work.

FILE. The City Press published an article which the task team claims is likely to compromise the rest of its work. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department's ministerial task team says it's deeply concerned that an incomplete preliminary report regarding the 'jobs for cash' scandal was leaked to the media.

The City Press published an article which the task team claims is likely to compromise the rest of its work.

The newspaper claims the preliminary report reveals that the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) is in control of all but three of the country's provincial education departments.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga says the leaked incomplete report will cause major safety risks for witnesses and whistle-blowers who wanted to come forward.

"People are being killed as a result of these allegations that have been taking place and the fact that jobs were sold for cash and others have been threatened."

He says sensitive information was published, including names of those implicated, which will ultimately compromise the rest of the task team's work.

"We continue to receive sensitive information from people who might now be afraid to come forward."

Minister Angie Motshekga still plans to release the final report by the end of February.