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Sadtu threatens court action over jobs-for-cash report

The report, which was supposed to be released in Feb, has been delayed by a further two weeks.

Picture: www.sadtu.org.za.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) is threatening to take the Basic Education Department to court over its report into the jobs-for-cash scam.

The report, which was first supposed to be released in February, was due for release on Friday by Minister Angie Motshekga - but was again delayed for a further two weeks.

The City Press says Sadtu is now demanding it be allowed to make submissions to the ministerial task team investigating the scandal.

Sadtu secretary Mugwena Maluleke explained to the City Press that the union is not going to stop Motshekga from releasing the report as they also want its contents made public.

It was reported two years ago that principal positions were being sold for at least R30,000 while teacher posts were sold in exchange for livestock and at least R6,000.

The ministerial task team, headed by Professor John Volmink found that Sadtu used militancy to exert pressure on teachers to join the union, resulting in them controlling six provinces.

The City Press says Sadtu wants to prove, through its own lawyers, that Volmink's team thumb-sucked its findings and have no facts to back them up.