The Public Service Commission is investigating the former DG for his alleged involvement in the awarding of a workbooks tender.
But confusion has emerged about the textbook report he says exonerates him.
Panyaza Lesufi will replace former education DG Bobby Soobrayan, who has been "redeployed" to "other responsibilities in government".
The Congress of South African Students says Sadtu must put learners first ahead of its "narrow and selfish interests".
Government must show Sadtu the door, otherwise just hand the entire ministry of education over to this power-crazed union, writes David Macfarlane.
Basic education director general Bobby Soobrayan has been found not guilty of wrongdoing, says department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi.
Public protector Thuli Madonsela's report recommends former communications minister Dina Pule must apologise to Parliament and the Sunday Times.
The basic education department's advocate says Bobby Soobrayan was not authorised to sign the agreement, which makes it null and void.
The basic education department only realised on the eve of paying teachers it had several months earlier "erroneously" signed the labour agreement.
The basic education department wants the Labour Court to accept that Bobby Soobrayan made a pure error when he agreed to a 100% wage increment.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union wants to be represented at basic education director general bobby Soobrayan's disciplinary hearing.
Minister Angie Motshekga has allowed basic education director general Bobby Soobrayan to take special leave ahead of hearings, says the department.
Sadtu says it will ramp up its mobilisation for the axing of Bobby Soobrayan, the director general of the basic education department.
Guptagate turns into a great whodunit; Motshekga agrees to some of Sadtu's demands; while Cassel Mathale is in political hot water again.
Sadtu has threatened a full-blown strike if Zuma does not respond within 21 days to their demand to fire Angie Motshekga and Bobby Soobrayan.
Cosatu has warned Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga not to take action against protesting teachers at the Sadtu march.
Sadtu’s protest over marker payments is just the labour facet of a far wider political battle.
Hundreds of South African Democratic Teachers' Union members have picketed outside the education department's Durban office.