School officials fight on

Zandile Mbabela

THE Eastern Cape Education Department will be approaching the courts to counter a call by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) to have its assets attached after failing to honour the latest court order to pay outstanding teacher salaries.

This after the centre asked the sheriff to attach state assets used by MEC Mandla Makupula and department head Mthunywa Ngonzo to pay off the R619000 debt.

LRC director Sarah Sephton has hit back, saying the department had no legal ground to stand on because they were fully aware of the consequences of their failure to comply.

“They are more than welcome to counter it, but the only way to do this is by paying teachers like the order says,” she said.

“This order was made with their knowledge and we kept on reminding and updating them. We have done our best to work with the department but they are just not coming to the party.”

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