Khume Ramulifho MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education:
The DA Gauteng has launched an application in terms of the Public Access to Information Act (PAIA) requesting the release of the forensic investigation reports into corruption and maladministration in 159 schools in the province.
The application comes as a result of education MEC Panyazi Lesufi’s continued refusal to make the contents of the reports known, despite the fact that it would be in the interests of school governing bodies, parents and teachers to do so.
While MEC Lesufi has not directly refused the DA access to the reports, it would only be granted on the condition that no information is divulged to the public, as it may compromise internal disciplinary procedures.
Some of the cases date back as early as 2009.
The DA however believes that the MEC is guilty of double standards and is in fact siding with wrong-doers, who are allowed to work while School Governing Bodies (SGBs) are refused access to investigation reports and dissolved instead.
The fact is, SGBs are entitled to view and act upon the contents of such reports, and the MEC should rather expend his energies upholding those rights as opposed to protecting those accused of maladministration, fraud and corruption.
The DA will continue with our fight against fraud and corruption in Gauteng’s schools.