PRESS STATEMENT BY
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP: ANC SOFT ON CORRUPTION IN SCHOOLS

Durban: January 19, 2005

The IFP expresses disappointment at Provincial Education's MEC's handling of last year's school corruption scandal.

Special amnesty will be granted to KwaZulu-Natal teachers who were arrested for their involvement in a fraudulent qualification bonus scam late last year.

Provincial Education MEC Ina Cronje indicated that the affected teachers, arrested during November and December 2004, would have to apply for amnesty on condition that they admit guilt, show remorse and contrition, make a full disclosure.

"We cannot rate the ruling party's attitude to corruption in schools and their solution to this particular scandal as anything but soft," said IFP spokesperson and former Education MEC, Faith Gasa, MPP.

Mrs Gasa also said:

"Instead of exposing the implicated teachers and teaching them a moral lesson, the ANC opted for the contrary. The teachers are being allowed to bail themselves out and escape scot-free."

"You do not eradicate corruption in any sphere of public life by making concessions to the offenders. The IFP would have acted with clear determination. The plain truth is we are determined to root out corruption in schools across KwaZulu-Natal."

Contact:
Faith Gasa, 083 671 7426