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More than 5,200 school workers don’t get January stipends in ...


More than 5,200 school workers don’t get January stipends in payment fiasco

Eastern Cape education accused of ‘financial and administrative incompetence’ for monumental mess-up


The Eastern Cape education department has bungled the payment of stipends to thousands of education and general assistants by underpaying 1,892 schools.

A total of 5,212 workers at 567 schools were not paid their stipends for January, according to a report compiled by the portfolio committee on basic education, which visited schools in Matatiele and Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape.

The payments fiasco comes in the wake of a call by the DA’s shadow MEC of education in the Eastern Cape, Yusuf Cassim, for the department to be placed under administration because of its “financial and administrative incompetence”. Cassim made the call during the state of the province address on February 17...

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