Minister defends decision to postpone release of jobs-for-cash report

Angie Motshekga says she's allowed more time for those cited in the report to make representations.

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

CAPE TOWN - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has defended her decision to postpone the release of the jobs-for-cash report, saying she has allowed more time for those cited in the report to make representations.

Motshekga has twice postponed the release of the report on the sale of teacher posts in six provinces.

It's now expected to be made public by 20 May.

The minister says the task team probing the matter is following due processes.

"I appreciate that I have to follow due process in the work that I do without fear or prejudice. So I'm not going to fear the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) but I'm also not going to prejudice them."

But the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Gavin Davis has questioned her motives.

"If it ever sees the light of day, this report will show that Sadtu has captured six out of nine provincial education departments. We just hope that minister Motshekga's failure to release it doesn't mean that she has been captured by Sadtu as well."