angiemotshekgaANA reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Wednesday said it was unfair and offensive to accuse her of failing to act against the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) after a report pointed to the union’s strangle-hold on six provincial departments.  

Motshekga told the portfolio committee on basic education she was offended by the charge by the DA’s Gavin Davis as legally she did not have the right to interfere in provincial education departments.  Davis challenged the minister’s response to the ministerial task team report released in May in that she planned to tell provincial departments to call in the police to investigate evidence of the sale of teaching posts.  He said:  “The minister cannot hand responsibility back to provinces when they have been found by the report to have been captured by Sadtu.  There is a clear conflict of interest.”  Earlier this week, the SA Council of Educators (SACE) released its own report on the scandal, concluding that no evidence of wrongdoing could be found at 13 schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and North-West where complaints were probed.


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