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'Jobs for cash' perpetrators to face harsh penalties

Yesterday, Motshekga announced that a final report into the ‘jobs for cash scandal’, is in its final stages.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga speaks to the media during a press conference in Limpopo. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has appealed to provinces to pay special attention to how teachers and principals are appointed to ensure that it's within the law.

Yesterday Motshekga announced that a final report into the 'jobs for cash scandal', is in its final stages and will be released next month.

The investigation was launch after it emerged last year, that corrupt members of the South African Democratic teachers Union (Sadtu), are selling posts for thousands of rands.

The investigation was launched after City Press newspaper reports last year that corrupt members of teachers' union, Sadtu, were selling teacher and principals' posts.

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.

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

Motshekga has appealed to officials across the country to ensure that the selling of posts will never happens again.

"Use the law and make sure that we're considering what we do to prevents future repeats."

Motshekga said it's clear that new measures of appointing teachers needs to be explored.

"Because there's a lots of very substantive recommendations that come from this report which needs lots of consultation."

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

While the damning report is expected to be made public on 15 February, Motshekga has warned those implicated will face harsh consequences.