By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education:
The DA has today filed an application in terms of the Public Access to Information Act (PAIA) and submitted written questions to Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to access the KPMG Forensic Audit report into corruption and maladministration at Glenvista High school.
The MEC has been privy to the outcome of this report for over two months, but as with other reports, he is yet to make its findings and recommendations public.
This comes despite the MEC’s claims that the cause of the delay was due to him reading the report, but that it would be released when schools reopened for the third term.
The DA has in the past questioned the MEC why he institutes investigations but fails to act on the findings.
The MEC needs to act and build the confidence of whistle-blowers who serve as watchdogs by exposing corruption and fraud in our schools.
The DA challenges MEC Lesufi to release the report, to take action against those found guilty, and to stop siding with wrong-doers.
By doing so, he would send the message the fairness and transparency will prevail, that perpetrators will be brought to book while protecting whistleblowers.
The DA has also submitted written questions to community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi Malobane to establish whether cases had been opened, whether perpetrators were reported to the authorities, and what the case numbers are.
The main function of school leadership and management is to ensure that resources are properly managed to the benefit of learners in the province.
The question is now whether MEC Lesufi is prepared to live up to the principles of transparency and accountability.