Mmusi Maimane is alleging that the KZN DBE has not paid its teaching assistants, despite the crucial role they played during the school holidays and pandemic.
Chief Activist of One South Africa Movement (OSA), Mmusi Maimane took to Twitter on Friday, 16 April 2021, to allege that the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) Department of Basic Education (DBE) has not paid its teaching assistants. Teaching assistants were employed during the establishment of the Basic Education Employment Initiative. The aim of the initiative was to provide the teaching assistants with work experience, whilst bridging the gap caused by the pandemic.
Maimane also suggested that the initiative was a way to exploit the teaching assistants, as they were allegedly either not paid or underpaid by the department. According to him, this may be due to maladministration on the part of the department or the schools misusing the funds allocated to the teaching assistants.
Therefore, Maimane is now demanding that the outstanding payments be made to the teaching assistants. Further, that the alleged maladministration be resolved and the initiative be extended to the end of the year, with the aim of absorbing more workers.
See the post below.
Teaching assistants in KZN have not been paid and this is unacceptable.
I am in KZN today meeting with them and delivering a memorandum to the KZN department of education.
Here are the details of that memorandum. They must pay these people and do so without delay. pic.twitter.com/spSGfgaK1D
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) April 16, 2021