What’s the real reason for Eastern Cape education official’s suspension?
After uncovering several issues of maladministration and corruption, Naledi Mbude’s suspension raises questions
The Eastern Cape head of education, Naledi Mbude, exposed desperate spending decisions by the provincial department in a 161-page document sent to premier Oscar Mabuyane shortly before he suspended her over a delay in the delivery of stationery and textbooks.
The document, seen by Sunday Times Daily, says the Eastern Cape education department made a last-minute bid to prevent the forfeiture of R205.1m meant for the building of schools and toilets, suggesting some of this money be used to buy internet connectivity infrastructure.
But its appeal to the department of basic education to reconsider its intention not to pay the fifth instalment of the education infrastructure grant (EIG) because of the province’s poor spending on building projects was declined on March 23...