President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation authorizing the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape.
The Democratic Alliance welcomes the Special Investigative Unit’s probe into negligence, maladministration, expenditure and unlawful conduct in the Eastern Cape Department of Education.
Urgent intervention is needed to curb the ongoing issues facing the Department of Education in our province.
Poor infrastructure, shortages of resources and staff members, corrupt government officials and maladministration issues can no longer impede our children’s right to basic education enshrined in section 29 of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution. Government is obliged to meet its constitutional obligations in terms of education.
Tata Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We must provide our children with opportunities and the freedom to change the world by ensuring that their access to education is unhindered and their basic right to education is fulfilled.