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Jobs for cash report: Some educators could face criminal charges

A task team has been looking into claims that some Sadtu members were selling jobs for money.

FILE: The report has been made public after the task team was created to probe allegations raised by the media in 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Basic Education says the ministerial task team's report into the " jobs for cash" scandal has found that there is a real possibility of laying criminal charges against some people.

The report has been made public after the task team was created to probe allegations raised by the media in 2014.

The task team has been looking into claims that some members of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) were selling jobs for money.

The ministerial task team has recommended that the illegal action by some educators identified in the report must be reported to the police.

Basic education department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the task team has found some cases with Sadtu officials exerting improper influence in the promotion of friends or relatives.

"That is why the Department of Justice was involved, to ensure that where illegal activities have taken place, appropriate action is taken and that is exactly what we are going to see now."

Mhlanga says investigators have until August to gather evidence that could be presented in court, while 38 cases are being investigated.

Sadtu says it is studying the report to see if the recommendations it called for have been included.