‘Jobs for cash’ task team won't be disbanded just yet

Angie Motshekga says the task team probing the sale of teaching posts for cash will continue investigations.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the task team investigating the sale of principals' and teachers' posts for cash will not be disbanded, but will continue with its investigations in spite of its report having been finalised.

Motshekga says the report is set to be released soon.

She's told Parliament's basic education oversight committee that the report was finalised in March but that lawyers acting for the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) objected to it being made public immediately.

Motshekga has defended the delays in releasing the 'jobs for cash' report, saying lawyers had advised that those named in it should first be given a chance to respond.

Motshekga says the plan is to make the report public next month.

"As far as we're concerned, without any further advice, our plan is to release it on 6 May."

Motshekga was due to present the report to a Cabinet committee yesterday.

She says the task team will continue to investigate instances where principal and teacher jobs are peddled for cash payments.

Motshekga has defended the delay in releasing the 'jobs for cash' report, saying it's based on lawyers' advice.

"It involves criminal charges, so people should not see their names for the first time in the media when we release the report, without them having been properly charged, so it really is a rigmarole that we are in."

The team that investigated asked for more time as they were flooded with information about the 'jobs for cash' scam in schools.

Motshekga says those implicated in the task team's report have been asked to respond.

She says the team will not be disbanded but will continue with its investigations.