Sadtu responds to jobs for cash report

The teachers' union says it will implement harsh action against any of its members implicated in the report.

Sadtu logo. Picture: www.sadtu.org.za.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) has responded to the basic education ministerial task team's report into the so called ' jobs for cash' scandal, saying it will implement harsh action against any of its members implicated, and it will wait for the law to take its course.

The report was made public yesterday after the task team was created to probe allegations that Sadtu members were selling teaching jobs for money.

The Basic Education Department found that corruption is endemic in the system, recommended an end to cadre deployment and suggested that call centres be established to report irregular activities.

Sadtu's Nomusa Cembi says, "If they find that there are members or teachers who took the plunge, then the law should take its full course."

At the same time, the union has again called on the department to provide evidence that teachers abused their membership in the union to climb political ranks.

Cembi says it appears the department is "politicking".

"We feel very much aggrieved as we wanted more evidence."

Meanwhile, the department says it can only take action against educators identified in the report once the forensic unit has completed investigations in August.