By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education:
The safety of thousands of teachers and learners is being compromised as Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza spends much-needed public funds on security services at 50 closed schools in the province.
In a written reply to a DA question, the MEC revealed that the Gauteng Education Department spent funds on security services at closed schools and that these schools are no longer required.
Click here to view the MEC’s reply.
Of further concern are the costs concerned – security services at the Thulasizwe Primary School are provided at an exorbitant rate of almost R200 000 per month.
It is a mystery why the department does not utilise the services of patrollers as it normally does.
It is simply unfair to spend money on security at closed schools, when the department fails to provide adequate security at functioning schools which desperately need it to keep both learners and teachers safe.
A similar situation occurred in the past where almost R1 million was paid for security at Megatong Primary School in Soweto, while teachers went without salaries.
The DA challenges both education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and MEC Mayathula-Khoza to stop unnecessary expenditure on unused schools and focus on providing for functional schools.