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SIU shows how deep the rot goes in EC Dept of Education

January 26th, 2022
Yusuf Cassim

The damning Special Investigating Unit’s report into Covid-19 corruption, released by President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday, shows just how rotten the Eastern Cape Department of Education has become. Premier Oscar Mabuyane can no longer continue to give lip-service to the fight against corruption, he must ensure that immediate action is taken against Department officials implicated in the SIU report. Mabuyane need not twiddle his thumbs, he only has to read the …

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MEC Meth has blood on her hands

January 26th, 2022

Health MEC Nomakosazana Meth failed to get the aeromedical service up and running over the festive season, despite her vocal promises to do so, and her inaction could very well have cost people their lives. This service, which should have been operational six months ago, is vital in getting critical patients with life-threatening conditions to hospital as soon as possible. Over the festive season, 210 people lost their lives in …

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SIU Report a shocking revelation of rampant Eastern Cape Covid-19 looting

January 25th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

Shocking revelations in the Special Investigating Unit’s Report on Covid-19 procurement have shown the extent to which Eastern Cape government officials colluded with suppliers to loot state coffers. These officials felt no shame as they helped themselves to funds meant to assist residents of the province during an unprecedented crisis. They have robbed residents of future opportunities. In the Eastern Cape alone, contracts valued at over R2,9 billion are under …

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EC Real Matric Pass Rate just 47,4%

January 21st, 2022

The Eastern Cape’s real matric pass rate is just 47,4%, as the final result of 73% – announced by Education MEC Fundile Gade – does not take into account the high dropout rate between grade 10 and 12. Of the 140 936 learners who started their senior years together in Grade 10, only 47,4% have secured a matric pass. There were 49 436 learners who dropped out. That’s a dropout rate …

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DA seeks Human Rights Commission’s intervention to ensure every learner receives a textbook

January 19th, 2022

Learners at 4 703 out of 5 451 public schools in the Eastern Cape have started the school year this morning without receiving textbooks. This is because these schools have not yet received their Learner Teacher Support Material (LTSM). The Democratic Alliance will be referring the matter to the Human Rights Commission, as textbooks are crucial in fulfilling a learner’s Constitutional right to education, and the failure of the Department …

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