More unpaid GP school feeding contractors come forward

More service providers are sharing stories of how they've suffered financially.

FILE. School nutrition service providers say payment has been a problem for years, with invoices often going missing. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - More school nutrition programme service providers have come forward to share their stories about how they've suffered financially as a result of not being paid for months on end by the Gauteng Education Department.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says service providers have been told of the steps to follow in order to receive payment.

But as they fight for their money, Corruption Watch says the problem goes deeper than this.

School nutrition service providers say payment has been a problem for years, with invoices often going missing.

One woman says her company was liquidated after struggling to receive payment for almost a year.

"My company has been liquidated because of that late payment."

She claims business owners often have to resort to bribery.

"You have to pay money to those officials who handle your account."

Corruption Watch's Ronald Menoe says investigations have shown an increase of dishonesty by principals and teachers at schools across the country.

"We have other schools that exaggerate the number of learners in the school so that they can receive more money and spend less."

He says some service providers even exaggerate costs, invoicing the department for more than they are supposed to.