Task team to finalise “Jobs for Cash” report recommendations

The Department of Basic Education will establish a task team to follow up on all outstanding cases that are contained in the recently released Jobs for Cash Report.

The department’s Director General Mathanzima Mweli said this after presenting a progress report on the recommendations of the Jobs for Sale Report to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education in Parliament on Wednesday.

As a way forward, we are suggesting that we must put together a task team that is going to audit all of these cases in all of the provinces as a follow-up as part of wrapping up the entire process.

The task team would also assist provinces in cases that have been delayed so that we expedite the process of getting them carried out so that we talk to [committee members] about all outstanding cases being finalised.

those cases that are criminal matters, we will patiently follow the criminal process and await the SA Police Service and those that are involved in that process to finalise those cases, he said.

In his presentation, the Director General said auditing firm Deloitte was appointed to conduct a forensic investigation into allegations that teacher posts were being sold for cash.

The firm was to report to the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) that was appointed to oversee the probe.

The task team submitted its report to the Minister Angie Motshekga and it was subsequently released in May 2016.

Due to the number of cases that were referred late, the Ministerial Task Team was further afforded an opportunity to continue with forensic investigations on the outstanding and new allegations, he said.

The report was released publicly after Cabinet was briefed on its findings. The Portfolio Committee on Education was also briefed on the actions that would be taken to remedy the challenges.

The task team made 16 recommendations in its final report. The second phase of the report contained a forensic part which consists of 39 specific recommendations and findings.

The Director General said during the oversight visit of the Minister and Director General to all provinces, the importance of strict adherence to roles and responsibilities in recruitment policies was emphasised.

He said recruitment processes and procedures are being strengthened through legislation and policy amendments to ensure that only those with adequate qualifications and competencies can become principals.

Briefing committee members on Wednesday, Minister Motshekga said the department has institutionalised the recommendations of the report.

We have put it through the system. We have briefed Cabinet. We have communicated with provinces because some of the recommendations were not a vacuum of the law but it was just malpractice in terms of implementation of what existed.

So we have highlighted the need to provinces to jack up because the bottom line is that provinces employ teachers, we only [set] norms and standards, she said.

Source: South African Government News Agency