SA's jobs emergency: Cape school accused of snubbing residents

A school in Cape Town is accused of being involved in a job for pals scandal. Gugulethu residents say the principal and governing body of Sonwabo Primary have offered most of 22 vacant positions to friends and family members. eNCA's Ronald Masinda has more. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - A school in Cape Town is accused of being involved in a job for pals scandal.

Gugulethu residents say the principal and governing body of Sonwabo Primary have offered most of 22 vacant positions to friends and family members.  

It follows a week of protests outside the school, where 1,500 jobseekers applied for assistant teacher positions.  

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Residents claim 18 of the successful applicants for assistant teaching positions have not met the criteria of living within a 5km radius from the school. 

The jobs are meant to be part of a government initiative to create more employment for residents in poor communities.

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The Western Cape Education Department says the recruitment process was fair and that residents must stop depriving children of their right to learn.

With the school year expected to end next week, it doesn't seem like the situation will normalise as residents are vowing to continue protesting until their demands are met. 

* eNCA's Ronald Masinda has more details in the video above.

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