Motlanthe speaks out on textbook crisis

2012-08-03 08:39

In his harshest criticism yet of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s failure to deliver textbooks to some Limpopo schools, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has described the non-delivery as “tragic folly” for which a “passive citizenry” was partly to blame.

Speaking at the lead SA breakfast in Fourways, Johannesburg, this morning, Motlanthe said the country needed to develop a culture in which citizens blow the whistle on crime.

“We have to break our silence by doing what is morally right and ethically right. In this regard, the failure to deliver workbooks and textbooks is indicative of a passive citizenry whose silence is complicit in the commission of such a tragic folly.

“Ordinarily, the commission of such a failure would have prompted an active citizenry to call for action as far back as January,” Motlanthe said.

President Jacob Zuma has been protective of Motshekga, and Motlanthe’s remarks could be seen as breaking ranks with Zuma.

There has been a growing chorus of calls for Motshekga to resign.

But ANC education MECs yesterday came out in her defence.

Motlanthe also said South Africans should slam corruption, saying it was it was a “pestilence that chokes the potential of a blossoming democracy”.

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