The long-awaited department of basic education’s “Jobs for Sale” report was released last week, showing how the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) was involved in appointing teachers in some provinces due to their affiliation with the union.
Although some of the findings in the report said most teachers were unable to report wrongdoing in districts due to lack of evidence, the report showed many Sadtuaffiliated teachers with minimal qualifications were placed in top positions for which they did not qualify.
The report also found that most teachers feared victimisation and were afraid to talk. Sadtu’s Nomusa Cembi said it would implement harsh actions against any of its members involved.
The union also demanded evidence to substantiate the claims. “… our members have abused their membership in the union to climb political ranks,” said Cembi.
The report, which investigated six provinces – Eastern Cape, Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal – found that KZN had the highest number of cases.
The scandal which involved Sadtu, school governing body members, circuit and district officials came to light in media reports in 2014.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga set up a ministerial task team led by Umalusi head John Volmink to probe allegations that members of Sadtu were selling principal and deputy principal posts for R30 000 or more.