Dept Suspiciously Spent Millions On Cleaning In Just Three Months

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Gauteng's Education Department spent hundreds of millions of rands on deep cleaning school and Unions are now calling for this to be looked into as suspicions are further raised. These teacher unions want action to be taken.

Gauteng's Education Department spent hundreds of millions of rands on deep cleaning school and Unions are now calling for this to be looked into as suspicions are further raised. These teacher unions want action to be taken.

After a report showed that the department spent more than R430 million on disinfecting schools in just three months, the word corruption is hovering in the air. 

Xolani Fakude from the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) said:

We were quite perplexed when we received the report as well. When you look at the figures, that is looking at the number of schools within the province, what could have been spent on decontamination, it is quite shocking.

This money was spent between June and August 2020.

Fakude continued to say that they have always spoken out against corruption within the education sector.

Cynthia Barnes, secretary of the National Teachers Union (Natu) said:

That is a lot of money. Just imagine, the department of education could not give teachers the money that was due to them ... but at this time we are finding that there is just one province that is using R431 million.

Chris Klopper, CEO of SAOU, said:

That is definitely not acceptable. It means that if you look at Gauteng that has about 2800 schools, it's an average of R153  000 that was paid to each school. If you bear in mind that the previous six months that paid something similar to that, it means that for each school they paid R450 000 to have the school cleaned.

Over 2000 schools and less that 40 admin buildings were deep cleaned in the province.

The Democratic Alliance also had some words to say on the matter and is calling for those responsible to be held accountable.

The DA has reiterated that the Department is said to have only spent R15 000 which they gave to each school in the province along with getting services from Bidvest for free, who disinfect schools. This then raises questions of where the millions went to.

Gauteng's Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, said that he is in consultations with law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter and is contemplating roping in the Auditor-General as well.

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