Afrikaans teacher union head to be investigated for fraud, corruption

Afrikaans teacher union head to be investigated for fraud, corruption

- Several senior figures within the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie (SAOU) are facing investigations related to fraud and corruption

- This comes following an internal investigation which found that the union's CEO earned more than R3.6 million last year

- Several union members have questioned this exorbitant salary

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The head of the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie (SAOU), Chris Klopper, is reportedly facing an investigation for 'fraud'.

This comes after an internal investigation found that Klopper earned more than R3.6 million last year.

Several members of the union have since raised questions about Klopper and his high income.

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At 37 000 members, the SAOU (which is a primarily Afrikaans teachers' union) is considerably smaller than Sadtu, which is the largest teachers' union in the country with over 217 000 members.

Nevertheless, Klopper's R3.6 million salary is more than five times that of the head of Sadtu, has gathered. 

Additionally, police are currently looking into allegations of fraud and corruption against several leading figures in the union, according to The Citizen. 

Insiders claim that money was funnelled from the SA Education Foundation to two other companies which are linked to the SAOU. Allegedly, the total amount diverted is close to R50 million.

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Another member of the union has reportedly alleged that the union ignored some of their concerns about these financial dealings and in fact sought court orders to keep them quiet.

Some within the union have also claimed that the internal investigation was not fair and impartial.

The union's lawyer has declined to comment publicly on the allegations.

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