Government Employees’ Children and Students from Outside Mpumalanga Unlawfully Benefit from Exchange Programme

In a video circulating on social media, Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, makes several alarming statements regarding a student exchange programme emanating as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Mpumalanga Provincial Government and the Russian Federation.

As a result of the above, ActionSA has written to the Premier of Mpumalanga as well as the MEC for Education, Bonakele Majuba, requesting that they clarify just how exactly it is that students who are ineligible to be part of the programme came to form part of it, who will be held accountable, how the waste of taxpayers’ money will be recovered and by when? This is a clear case of corruption, where the hardworking taxpayers of Mpumalanga have been defrauded.

Some of the revelations in the video include the following:

  • The only students which should be eligible to attend the programme should be (i) from the province of Mpumalanga, and (ii) from disadvantaged communities. However, almost 60 of the students are from Limpopo and Mpumalanga and many are the children of government officials. 1 student was referenced to have come from Temba, Hammanskraal (which is in the province of Gauteng);
  • The Mpumalanga Provincial Government has been unable to obtain any academic records of the students.

The Mpumalanga Provincial Government has 7 business days to respond to the questions above. ActionSA reserves all of its rights to uncover this corruption and those held responsible, accountable.

Corruption steals from the poor. This programme was specifically designed to benefit people from disadvantaged communities, and the people of Mpumalanga specifically. Instead, it has benefitted the children of government fat cats and people who have never set foot in Mpumalanga in their entire lives.

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