Controversial former University of the Witwatersrand SRC president Mcebo Dlamini was denied bail in .
PARLIAMENT has been told that staff in the Department of Education did not need permission to hold shares in a company or to be company directors.
Basic Education Department director-general Duncan Hindle said yesterday: "They only require written permission to do paid freelance work such as marking exams or writing textbooks."
Hindle was speaking in defence of former school nutrition programme director Cynthia Mpati, who benefitted from a R30million textbook contract awarded to her firm by the Department ofEducation.
Mpati, who now works for the KwaZulu-Natal education department, was a shareholder of Afribooks, which won a R30million contract to supply the department with foundation phase books. She was also a director of the company that owned Afribooks.
She failed to mention her connection to Afribooks on a mandatory financial disclosure form that all senior department officials were required to submit.
Now facing disciplinary action, Mpati was only caught after the auditor-general uncovered a total of 2319 officials with connections to firms that did business with the government.