Teacher unions call for probe of R431m cleaning bill

There's growing pressure for the Gauteng Education Department to take action after it emerged that it spent over R431-million in just three months. The money was used for deep cleaning and decontaminating schools and admin buildings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Khayelihle Khumalo reports. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - There's growing pressure for the Gauteng Education Department to take action after it emerged that it spent over R431-million in just three months.

The money was used for deep cleaning and decontaminating schools and admin buildings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Teacher unions are blasting the department.

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"We were quite perplexed as well when we received the report and we have always spoken out quite strongly about corruption," said SADTU's Xolani Fakude.

SAOU president Chris Klopper said there's "something amiss".

"It means if you look at Gauteng [it] has 2,800 schools. It's an average of R153,000 that was paid to each school," he said.

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"And it means they paid R450,000 to have school cleaned... it doesn't sound reasonable and there's something amiss."

The DA is calling for accountability while Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has called for a probe.

* eNCA's Khayelihle Khumalo reports.

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