The Economic Freedom Fighters has called on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to press criminal charges against officials implicated in the alleged selling of teachers’ posts.
“This must be done as a decisive step towards healing the system of corruption in terms of illicit awarding of positions,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
“The last thing we need are people selling positions of teaching and in the process compromising quality and merit.”
The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) was fingered as the main culprit in a damning report released on Thursday.
According the department of basic education’s task team’s interim report, government systems had allowed an exploitation of the system, which compromised proper appointments of critical educator posts.
The report further says that Sadtu has a “stranglehold” on government, whereby they call the shots.
Motshekga said that, in some provinces, Sadtu appeared to control the government.
Chairperson of the task team, John Volmink, said they had investigated 75 cases, and of those, 30 provided grounds for suspicious wrongdoing, while 13 of these case were already strong enough to be passed on to the police.
Arrests were imminent, he said.
His team of 10 core investigators and forensic investigators from Deloitte and Touché investigated 20% of cases in the Eastern Cape, 5% in Gauteng, 24% in KwaZulu-Natal, a staggering 29% in North West, 6% in Mpumalanga and 24% in Limpopo.
This comes after City Press exposed a jobs-for-cash racket run by union officials in the appointment of teachers.
Ndlozi said announcing the intention to take criminal action was not helpful.
“The minister must suspend all who occupy positions where the task team has found that there is reasonable suspicion or wrongdoing in terms of their employment,” he said.