Case opened against 'corrupt' Gauteng school officials

Ahmed Areff, News24

Johannesburg - A case has been opened against former officials at the Glenvista High School, following a report on alleged rampant corruption at the Gauteng school.

"We went to the Johannesburg commercial crimes court this morning, and we opened a case against individuals identified in the report," provincial education spokersperson Phumla Sekhonyane told News24 on Tuesday.

"The matter will be investigated. The case is with the Mondeor police."

She said the case was both criminal and civil, as the department wanted to recoup the money used for alleged corrupt activities at the school.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Monday that the alleged corruption ran into "millions", but would not give an exact figure.

"I am shocked by this. This is the worst corrupt school I have ever come across," he said.

A forensic report by KPMG found payments were made by the school for its former principal's holiday home, a carport, hunting fees and personal flights.

According to Lesufi, the report also found the school had a "secret investment account", had unauthorised bank accounts, teachers were overpaid for their "rare skills", payments were made for classes that did not take place, teachers were appointed without due process, and a debt collecting company appointed at the school belonged to a former school governing body (SGB) member.

Lesufi emphasised that this happened under the SGB from 2012 to mid 2014, and not its current SGB.

"This might be the tip of the iceberg in some of our schools," he said.

The head of department was instructed to sample some Model C schools to see if an investigation was needed to determine if this was a trend.

Lesufi said the department would not overlook corruption at other government schools, but was looking at former Model C schools "because of the magnitude of the amount of money" at the schools.

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