'Sadtu must stop making wild allegations about Minister Motshekga'

Basic Education says Sadtu should rather focus on dealing with the so-called 'jobs for cash' report.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga talks to the media during Youth Day celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on 16 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Basic Education Department says the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) must stop making wild allegations about Minister Angie Motshekga and should rather focus on dealing with the substance of the so-called jobs for cash report.

The report, released last month, found irregularities in the appointment of teachers and principals in six provinces, and exposed Sadtu's influence over the schooling system.

The union has rejected the report's recommendation that school governing bodies not be involved in appointing teachers.

It has responded by accusing Motshekga of being a "Democratic Alliance agent" trying to reverse what the Freedom Charter propagated.

The union's Nomusa Cembi says, "For anyone to want to reverse the days that we fought for, which is in the Freedom Charter, we regard that person as someone who is against what we fought for - the liberation of this country."

But the department's Troy Martens says the union is either being disingenuous or it hasn't read the department's response to the recommendations.

"We need to capacitate SGBs to better participate in the selection panel and processes and also to set up committees that ratify the decisions or recommendations of the SGBs."

Cembi admitted today that she did not see the minister's response.