Govt won’t act hastily on Angie – Zuma

2012-07-23 09:19

The government will not take hasty action against Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga over the Limpopo textbook crisis, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Speaking on Talk Radio 702, he said the government had taken action to resolve the non-delivery of textbooks, but would not dismiss anyone until a task team investigation was completed.

“Wherever there has been anything, we have taken action. An investigation does not take place overnight?... We need to act fairly,” he said today.

“You don’t know exactly who is responsible for that. You can’t say the minister sitting in her office in Pretoria is responsible.

“Even if the buck stops at her, she has to find out who exactly is responsible for that [crisis] ... The president must weigh those facts [and then decide] was it her or not her?”

Zuma said he could not simply jump at every damning report in the media.

“I’m sure if there was a report and I fired people every day ... [people would say] I don’t follow processes of the law.”

He said the Cabinet had taken action in Limpopo long before the textbook debacle, by putting the education department under administration.

Zuma told the radio station that education continued to be the government’s top priority, and received the largest budget.

“I don’t think it’s the correct statement to say that we are not making it a priority ... We are also not dealing with the problem of today, we are solving the problem [of apartheid] that has affected us.”


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