Jobs for cash: Minister punts law changes to resolve issues

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga appeared before a Parliamentary committee to discuss the progress made in dealing with the matter.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says some issues stated in the “jobs for cash” report may require changes in legislation to address the problems.

Motshekga together with some members of her department appeareded before a Parliamentary committee on Wednesday to discuss the progress made following the ministerial task team’s report in May.

It investigated allegations that some members of the South African Democratic Teachers' Union have been selling posts.

Motshekga said there were some incidents that her department could conclude because it was “contained in law”.

“For instance the powers of Student Governing Bodies (SGBs); you just can’t say SGBs can’t appoint teachers because the law allows them to. And those are issues that we have to engage. It’s an issue of the sector, and none of the SGBs or any group are willing to let go of that power.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)