The KwaZulu-Natal division of training has suspended three senior officers who have been flagged by a forensic investigation as having been chargeable for mismanagement of the sanitary-towel programme.
This was introduced by MEC of training Kwazi Mshengu at a media briefing on Thursday. The forensic investigation discovered there was an oversupply of greater than two million sanitary pads; 388 650 packs of sanitary pads weren’t delivered to the district places of work and head workplace; one other 64 269 packs weren’t delivered to colleges; and that these packs price greater than R4-million.
The division launched a pilot undertaking in 2016 and R20-million was put aside for chosen faculties in quintiles one to 4. The intention was to produce learners in grades 4 to 12.
Mshengu stated that in April 2017 the division authorized the acquisition of 953 122 packs of pads at a value of greater than R54-million; in August 2017, a second order for a similar variety of learners on the identical price was authorized. Between 2016 and 2017, the division spent R129 799 654 on sanitary towels.
Nevertheless, Mshengu stated instructor unions and different civil society organisations raised a difficulty with the over-supply of the pads and that stated they have been being delivered to colleges that weren’t deserving. He stated allegations of flouting processes and procedures led to the fee of a forensic investigation.
In 2018, the Mail & Guardian reported that at the least two academics unions had warned that the undertaking of distributing sanitary towels to learners smacked of corruption.
The Nationwide Lecturers Union (Natu) and the South African Democratic Lecturers Union (Sadtu) within the province known as for the division of fundamental training to conduct a forensic investigation into the programme.
On the time, the unions stated sanitary towels have been piling up in workers rooms and principals’ places of work due to oversupply. Natu president Allan Thompson stated due to the oversupply academics have been giving the sanitary pads to all learners, even these in grade R.
Mshengu stated the forensic investigation advisable that disciplinary motion be taken in opposition to the deputy director normal for institutional improvement (help department), the chief director for social enrichment programmes and the director for particular wants training. “These officers have been recognized as chargeable for the mismanagement of the undertaking, leading to oversupply and monetary loss to the division.”
In a press release on Thursday, Natu’s Thompson stated the union will take the matter to the workplace of the general public protector as a result of it felt the investigation by the division was a “beauty train train designed to cowl the misdemeanours performed by the officers and politicians in KwaZulu-Natal”.
Secretary of Sadtu within the province, Nomarashiya Caluza, instructed the M&G that the union welcomed the report however felt that the investigation left sure issues “hanging”. She, nonetheless, stated the union hopes the suspended officers will likely be subjected to a good course of.