Tebogo Msimanga |
The Educators’ Union of South Africa(EUSA) calls for Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi to voluntarily step aside or be suspended from his position. The Union wants Basic Education to institute an investigation into the allegation of corruption as reported by the media.
It is reported that MEC Lesufi was heard on a voice recording suggesting, in a meeting with his team, that all those who wanted tenders should consult with him first. He is further alleged to have said that he will not risk his future without knowing who to trust.
EUSA released a statement on Monday, 05 March 2021 and said “We have always warned against mass corruption and looting that is taking place within the Basic education department, this proves our suspicions right once again.”
The Union said President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “reluctance” to investigate the looting of funds meant for PPE in this department also says a lot about the superiority of the individuals concerned. Recently, MEC Lesufi’s provincial administration was involved in a scandal involving the looting of R431 million over a period of three months.
“This matter is not being given the same attention as the Asbestos matter involving ANC SG, Ace Magashule or the case of Bandile Masuku and Khusela Diko. We note the selectiveness of government in attending to issues of corruption. All criminals who loot government funds should be dealt with harshly and equally”
EUSA reiterated that If indeed MEC Lesufi is innocent in all these allegations, he should recuse himself from the office of the MEC to allow proper investigations to take place.