Clive Ndou
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5 Jun 2014
6:00 am

Speed up jobs for sale inquiry, says union

Clive Ndou

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu-Natal, which is embroiled in a "jobs for sale" scandal, yesterday called on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to fast-track a judicial commission of inquiry into the matter.

FILE PICTURE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Alaister Russell

The union says it is making this call so that it can clear its name.

Provincial Sadtu secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said in Durban yesterday that the allegations that union members were getting people jobs in schools in return for cash were distracting the union’s focus on key issues.

“We want this commission of inquiry to be launched as soon as possible” Mathonsi said.

City Press newspaper has recently published a series of articles alleging that Sadtu members were taking bribes to place principals and teachers in posts.

Mathonsi denied these reports, saying they originated from disgruntled individuals whose job applications had been turned down.

“Sadtu has been observing the City Press propaganda playing itself out against our organisation.

“It is our view that either City Press has been seriously misled or it is deliberately [carrying] forward a particular political agenda against Sadtu in KZN,” he said.

“Interestingly, this so-called investigative journalist has never in his entire life investigated the plight in schools of his colour – white schools – [to give] an account of why all white schools are dominated …. by white principals,” he said.

In April, Mfundisi Sibiya, a KZN education department district director on the South Coast, appeared in court with two principals for allegedly ordering the murder of Nkonsinathi Zondi, a principal at Nyoni Emhlophe primary school.

While the matter is yet to be heard in court, City Press speculated that Zondi, who was also Sadtu’s South Coast regional chairperson, was killed for blowing the whistle on the jobs for sale racket.

However, Mathonsi said Zondi had exposed department officials who were involved in corruption and not Sadtu members.

“Zondi led a Sadtu march immediately before his death … exposing corruption, including post-related corruption, against Ugu district,” he said.

Last month Motshekga indicated that she had requested that President Jacob Zuma institute a judicial commission of inquiry into Sadtu’s alleged criminal activities.

“She has not come to us as yet. We heard about the issue of the commission [of inquiry] in the media,” Mathonsi said.