South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) members have been selling teacher and principal posts for money, and ANC allowed this in exchange for SADTU’s political support.
This is according to the Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane who lamented that the “ANC is selling the future of a generation of South Africa’s poorest school children in exchange for SADTU’s political support.”
Maimane said that instead of appointing teachers and principals who are committed and competent, SADTU has been selling teacher and principal posts for money.
He disclosed that the “practice is allegedly common and widespread in South Africa.” He equally revealed that Principal posts start at R30 000.
“Of all the forms of corruption at play in our country today, this is surely the most abhorrent. South Africa’s poorest children are its victims, because SADTU is most active and powerful in South Africa’s poorest schools,” Maimane reckoned.
The DA leader related that the “official and long-awaited report into this ‘jobs for cash’ scandal was due for release today, Friday 15 April.” But wailed that the “Education Minister Angie Motshekga has delayed its publication for the fifth time, until 6 May.”
With that, he asserted that the Minister is yielding to pressure from SADTU. He argued thus:
“On the one hand, the ANC has SADTU with 245 000 members, the largest and most powerful union in its trade union alliance partner COSATU. On the other hand, the ANC controls the plight of millions of poor schoolchildren, for whom a decent education is their sole route out of poverty. Party versus people. ANC versus South Africa. President Zuma has stated in no uncertain terms that the ANC comes first.”
Maimane said that an interim report which was leaked in December, showed that the practice of SADTU officials selling teaching and Principal posts happens more in Eastern Cape‚ KwaZulu-Natal‚ Limpopo‚ Gauteng‚ Mpumalanga and North West.
As such, he declared that “SADTU is running an extended network of bribery and corruption in” South African Schools. He said the education system has been hijacked by SADTU and that SADTU is the core reason why South Africa’s education outcomes are so poor.
“SADTU has sabotaged the Education Department’s Annual National Assessments. They have rejected teacher performance assessments. They have opposed competency tests for principals and matric exam markers.
They have undertaken unlawful strike action during teaching time. They have used children in marches. In summary, they have crippled our education system”, he affirmed.