Covid-19 update: Low substitute funding, COSATU warned of corruption

Covid-19 update: Low substitute funding, COSATU warned of corruption

Minister Angie Motshekga says that Education Department should be cautious in how it spends the rest of its funding, especially with regards to hiring substitute teachers. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Minister Angie Motshekga says that the Basic Education Department is facing a cash crunch at a time when substitute teachers are critical.

COSATU has lamented that their warnings over potential corruption relating to PPE tenders were ignored. explores the latest stories on the Covid-19 crisis in SA:

Covid-19 update: Low substitute funding, COSATU warned of corruption

Motshekga confirmed that the department has approached Treasury for funding. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

1. No funding for substitute teachers - Motshekga

The Basic Education Department says that it has to be cautious when hiring substitute teachers due to a lack of funds.

Over 22 000 teachers with comorbidities applied to work from home and have subsequently been approved. Commenting on the financial difficulties in her department, Minister Angie Motshekga said:

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"We don't have new money. So we have to be extremely cautious about how we employ because we are then taking all the reserves we have."

Motshekga confirmed that treasury has been approached in the hopes of securing more funds, reports eNCA:

"We have made a bid to the treasury, to say as things look, we are unlikely to cope within the budget. That's why we appreciate donations so that we don't use our money for other things. We use our money for learning and teaching."

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2. COSATU - Warnings over PPE corruption were dismissed

COSATU says that its earlier warnings against corruption linked to the procurement of personal protection equipment was ignored. The trade union insists that it warned the ANC when PPE contracts were announced that there was the potential for corruption.

COSATU General-Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says the union wasn't taken seriously, reports eNCA.

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In the Gauteng province, over 160 companies are now being probed over irregular tenders linked to the acquisition of PPE. R2 billion in PPE tenders is being investigated in the province alone, one of the worst-hit by Covid-19 graft.

3. Mkhize provides the latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided SA with the latest update on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA. In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the minister confirmed the number of new infections:

"As of today, a cumulative total of 628 259 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 1 218 new cases identified."

In addition to these new cases, Mkhize also confirmed that the death toll has risen to 14 263 with 114 new fatalities recorded.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

  • Eastern Cape - 86 217
  • Free State - 38 125
  • Gauteng - 210 518
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 113 237
  • Limpopo - 13 301
  • Mpumalanga - 24 470
  • North West - 25 390
  • Northern Cape - 10 837
  • Western Cape - 106 114
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Meanwhile, reported that David Makhura has called for jail time for corrupt government officials in his province:

"We want people who are public officials. Those who are in business must be held accountable. This doesn't seem like something that just happened. It's like there was a proper plan designed to ensure that rules are not followed."

The Gauteng Premier hinted that the manner in which funds were looted leaned towards a coordinated plan and premeditated plan.

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