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Sadtu hits back at Basic Education over recommendations in jobs-for-cash report

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) has taken aim at the Basic Education Department over recommendations made following the jobs-for-cash report.

A task team found that there was some truth to claims that corruption had seeped into the appointment process for school vacancies.

Among the recommendations, educators could be banned from being office bearers in political parties or unions and school governing bodies (SGBs) and could lose their right to recommend candidates for senior teaching posts.

According to Sadtu, Minister Angie Motshekga is taking away the legislative powers of SGBs.

We feel that this is against participatory democracy. It's the role of SGBs to be part of democratisation and serve to empower communities.

Nomusa Cembi, National spokesperson at Sadtu

Sadtu spokesperson Nomusa Cembi insists that SGBs should not suffer due to individual cases of corruption compromising the union's system.

Meanwhile department spokesperson Troy Martens says that SGBs have been consulted regarding their response to the recommendations.

According to Martens, a decision has been taken to establish committees for the SGBs in the selection and appointment of teachers.

There is no way that Minister Angie Motshekga would take away the constitutional right of SGBs... we don't want to take away their role.

Troy Martens, spokesperson for the

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