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Lesufi rubbishes claims he could be linked to ‘jobs for cash’ scandal

The probe was instituted following a 'City Press' expose on alleged corruption by Sadtu members.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While the Basic Education Department says it's shocked by the leak of the "jobs for cash" scandal report, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he is unfazed by people trying to push an agenda.

Yesterday, the City Press claimed to have seen the report, which says Lesufi admitted to South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) having power over the department.

The probe was instituted following an earlier expose, by the news publication, on alleged corruption by Sadtu members.

MEC Lesufi says it is clear whoever leaked the report twisted his words and had an agenda.

He says there is no way he could be implicated in the matter, as he had not taken office when the investigation was first launched.

"The report was commissioned before I arrived. I am honestly disgusted, to be quite frank - I don't know what's the purpose of people leaking such a report."

Basic education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says they were not expecting the report to be leaked, as the department had urged all those involved to be patient while the minister studied it.

"We did not expect that report to be leaked because it contains sensitive information."

The report is expected to be released next Monday.