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Jobs for cash scandal report ‘has serious implications’

The Basic Education Dept has delayed the release of its inter-ministerial report on the scandal, again.

FILE: The education minister said new measures of appointing teachers needs to be explored. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG- The Basic Education Department says its ministerial report on the jobs for cash scandal has serious implications and can't be rushed.

The department says the report, which was due to be released later this month, will be made public in May.

The probe looked into allegations of teaching posts being sold for money by some members of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu).

The department wants to give those implicated in the report an opportunity to make formal representations.

"This report has got to do with the lives of people and some of them have already been threatened. We need to take the greatest care before we make the report public. The department is doing all that it can to afford those who are involved time to go through the report," the department's spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said.

DEPARTMENT TAKES ON SCANDAL

In January, the Department said it hadn't realised the magnitude of the illegal operations.

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 scandal.

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

Minister Angie Motshekga appealed to officials across the country to ensure that the selling of posts will never happen again.

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

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