Sep 19, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Lawyers called in over officials implicated in school sanitising scandal

Gauteng’s education department reached out to lawyers to find out exactly how to implement the recommendations of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for their officials involved in an R431m Covid-19 debt contamination scandal.

The department received a preliminary report from the SIU on Monday after a lengthy investigation into the excessive cost of cleaning contaminated schools in the province.

While Gauteng’s Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi told eNCA on Tuesday that “Heads rolling” within 23 hours, on Wednesday the department said it had consulted lawyers about the report.

Spokesman Steve Mabona said in a brief statement: “The department wants to confirm that they have one received an independent legal advisory report on how best to implement the SIU’s recommendations on the illegal school decontamination project following a meeting with the SIU.

“Gauteng Education MEC Pa nyaza Lesufi also consults with all affected stakeholders in relation to the report.

“It is important to note that after the ongoing consultation process has been completed, the department issues a corresponding statement in due course on the measures necessary to implement the SIU will publish findings. ”

He declined to ask questions about who was involved or how many department officials were involved in the SIU’s preliminary report.

On Tuesday, Lesufi told eNCA that regulations were changed under Covid-19 lots and that normal oversight processes were disrupted as people started sourcing emergencies.

“The SIU has completed a critical component [of the investigation]. You gave us a report. I can assure you that we will be making an announcement in the next 23 hours.

“We have received the preliminary report and the SIU has given us the green light to take the necessary action. We have to protect them [SIU] too, as they will be witnesses. Heads will roll on our side. “