40 senior officials in the Eastern Cape’s Department of Education have already been suspended as a result of an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

The SIU was tasked through proclamation on 30 July 2010 to commence with an investigation into fraud and corruption into the provincial Department of Education.

Willie Hofmeyr, the head of the SIU

Some of the investigations being conducted are:

  • The awarding of tenders involving the scholar transport system.
  • The awarding of tenders involving the school nutrition system.
  • The general procurement management system in the department.
  • The transfer payment system to schools and the salary payment system in the department.
  • The general utilisation of the Early Childhood Development budgets, including the appointment of Early Childhood Development practitioners.
  • The general operations and tender process associated with the Learner Teacher Support Material (LTSM) unit in the department.

The SIU has referred a number of cases for disciplinary hearing. In the most instances dismissals were effected.

Some of the cases are:

  • Irregular appointment of Grade R Early childhood Development practitioners – a criminal case docket of fraud and corruption was opened and handed to the SAPS and NPA to attend to.
  • An officials has been charged for various counts of financial misconduct, inter alia, transferring R1,3 million into her brother’s account.
  • An official was charged and convicted for submitting double subsistence and travel claims. He was dismissed.
  • An official who has been subsequently dismissed, had captured and authorised payment to the amount of R1,4 million to a company which is in her sister’s name.
  • Two officials were dismissed who used fraudulent information for promotion purposes. These officials applied for promotion without stating that they had previous convictions.

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