By Graham Gersbach MPL, DA Gauteng Member of SCOPA:
In response to questions on inter-governmental debt as of the March 2015 fiscal year end, Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, has revealed that his department still owes more than R40 million in overdue debt.
Of this, the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) owes other provincial entities over R17 million. This includes R8, 1 million overdue to the Government Vehicle Fleet Company and R4 million overdue to the Gauteng Department of Sports and Recreation – due to cash flow problems. The department also owes R11, 4 million to municipalities and Eskom for services, of which R9, 5 million is overdue.
Furthermore, the GDE is itself owed R 31, 9 million, of which R 12, 4 million is overdue. Included in the R31, 9 million owed to, and R12, 4 million overdue to the department the National Department of Basic Education owes the GDE R12 million of which R11, 9 million is overdue. The National Department is disputing these amounts which the Democratic Alliance will follow up on.
This massive financial setback hinders the ability of the department to deliver quality education to the learners of Gauteng.
The department must account for all overdue monies and I will pose further questions to the MEC to determine how the GDE plans to settle its debts.
The learners of this province should not have to sacrifice a future because the department cannot adequately manage its finances.