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GAUTENG - The Gauteng Education Department owes cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Lesedi Local Municipality over R20 million in unpaid bills 

According to the Democratic Alliance (DA), these bills are currently 120 days late and counting. 

The Education Department is debating the bills made out to schools by the municipalities, says Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi. This is in response to the DA's inquiry on the amount owed to municipalities by provincial departments.

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Furthermore, the mature debt was quoted as a "dispute" by the MEC. The Department’s current debt account stands at over R12.5 million. Nearly R5 million is also owed to Eskom in debt which is 30 days overdue. 

At this point in time, Finance MEC, Barbara Creecy’s "on time payment" policy  Premier David Makhura’s "no late payment" comments are null and void. The MEC once again sidesteps accountability by blaming the municipalities for the billing. 

The DA asserts their commitment to the continued monitoring of expenditure trends within the Education department in order to hold them accountable for "every cent - spent, to be spent, not spent and wasted".

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE