Education dept refuses to buckle under pressure on ‘jobs for cash’ report

Yesterday, Equal Education called on Minister Angie Motshekga to release the report on 15 April.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Basic Education says it will not buckle to pressure from organisations to release the "jobs for cash" scandal report, which deals with teachers paying for jobs and promotions.

Yesterday, Equal Education called on Minister Angie Motshekga to release the report on 15 April.

It accused the department of preparing to release a sanitised report filled with half-truths.

The department says it is disappointed with the impatience of organisations, including Equal Education, as the release of the report has merely been postponed.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga has dismissed the notion of a sanitised report, saying it is important for the minister to seek legal opinion, before it is released.

"Legal opinion, which advisors needed to give those involved in the investigation time to read the report and respond."

But Equal Education's Nombulelo Nyathela says there is not a legitimate reason why the report is being withheld.

"We are obviously fearful that the report that will be released on 6 May will be sanitised and will be hiding skeletons that probably exist in the original report."

The "jobs for cash" scandal report was due to be released on Friday, but will now be released on the 6 May.