Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the findings were shocking and the department would audit other former Model C schools in the province “ to check if the financial irregularities are a trend”.
The Gauteng Education Department has laid criminal charges against the former principal and School Governing Body (SGB) members of Glenvista High School who were implicated in the mismanagement of funds. The audits, by financial firm KPMG, found the school had embezzled millions for the benefit of the SGB and the former principal, thus causing parents to pay more in school fees.
Lesufi said the school ripped off millions from the department from 2012 to mid 2014. The report also revealed the former principal used school funds for air travel, levies on his holiday home, to install a carport and on hunting trips.
The National Association of School Governing body’s general secretary Matakanye Matakanye said strict monitoring was necessary as “most of the schools are misusing the schools’ money for individual benefits”.
He added the department should ensure those implicated were arrested to set an example .
Lesufi said the department had alerted the special investigating unit, the Hawks, to assist in tracking down anyone implicated “so we do not find that others have skipped the country running away from facing the music”.
The department would fight to recover the money, said Lesufi . “These people will have to pay back that money.” – email@example.com