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Cadre deployment and appointing union officials to the Department of Basic Education "weakens" the department and the education system‚ MPs were told on Wednesday. That is what department director-general Hubert Mathanzima Mweli said in briefing the portfolio committee on the progress of the "jobs for sale" report released this year. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was at the briefing. Mweli said it was found that "deployment of officials to the department from unions weakens the department because those so deployed often struggle to demonstrate that they are able to balance the complexity of competing loyalties and demands". The jobs for cash scandal follows the department’s investigation last year‚ after allegations that principals were paying up to R30‚000 for jobs. "The policy is very clear. Unions are observers and I have said that my simple understanding of observer is that you do nothing. You observe the process as it unfolds. How it happens that people actively part...

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