Nepotism in filling senior positions is rife in Mpumalanga, but it is difficult to unravel the corruption as tracks are well covered, the South African Council for Educators (Sace) told MPs on Wednesday. The teachers’ regulatory body has come under fire in recent weeks for producing a "whitewash" report that found no evidence of teaching and administrative positions in the Department of Basic Education being bought or sold. Allegations are that the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), which dominates the 30-member Sace council, put pressure on the regulatory body to produce a report that effectively cleared the union. In 2014, Sace and the department launched two separate probes after allegations emerged that Sadtu officials were selling teaching and administrative positions for R30,000 or more at schools in the Eastern Cape‚ KwaZulu-Natal‚ Limpopo‚ Gauteng‚ Mpumalanga and North West. While the department’s probe found evidence of widespread corruption in the allocation ...

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