Gauteng Education MEC is protecting school fraudsters

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education

The DA in Gauteng believes that Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, is protecting fraudsters and corrupt officials.

The DA is in possession of damning forensic reports implicating principals for financial irregularities. These include, amongst others, fraud, corruption and maladministration.

A total of 159 forensic audits have been conducted in the province over the past 5 years into irregularities amounting to R34 million; none of which have been made public.

School Governing Bodies (SGBs) which exposed these financial irregularities are being dissolved and are denied access to these reports.

Schools which have asked me for access to these forensic audit reports recently are amongst others, Glenvista High School, Brakpan High school, Senaoane Secondary and Parkdale Primary School.

The MEC is quick to dissolve the SGBs but takes no action against the real offenders. The department is failing to protect whistle blowers or taking a firm stand against corrupt officials.

I recently received another report regarding Parkdale Primary School which the MEC has asked me to hide from the public.

If the MEC is serious about democratic accountability he will release these reports.

In the meantime I will request the MEC to conduct a closed Education Committee meeting during which he needs to provide us with his plans for taking action against corrupt officials.

At the very least the affected schools deserve to know this information; however, the DA believes it is in the public interest and challenges the MEC to ensure that this happens.