De Klerk on Motshekga: If my minister of education had failed, I would have sacked her

2012-07-26 00:00

FORMER president FW de Klerk has said he is finding it difficult to suppress his urge to get involved politically, but it is necessary because his foundation is apolitical.

But he did venture to give President Jacob Zuma some advice, saying that if Education Minister Angie Motshekga was found to have been in the wrong, he would fire her if he were president.

Speaking at a press conference following his concluding address to a conference on ANC policy organised by his foundation in Auckland Park, Johannesburg yesterday, De Klerk said the textbook issue wasn’t the fault of apartheid, as Zuma had insinuated in an interview with Talk Radio 702’s Redi Thlabi earlier in the week, but of bad management.

“If I was president, I would have asked the minister of education to fully investigate and brief me, and if I came to the conclusion that the minister of education had failed in a material way, yes, I would fire her,” he said.

In his address to the conference, De Klerk said: “I have decided to keep the politician in me quiet. Our foundation is apolitical.”

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille told the conference that people often said they wanted to see an opposition party to the ANC other than the Democratic Alliance, but it was difficult to establish a new party.

“If people don’t like the DA, we are what there is,” she said.

She said many had tried to establish new opposition parties, but they didn’t realise that it involved more work than just a founding conference.

She said the DA provided a good basis to drive the “realignment” of South African politics and it seemed a possibility that the ruling ANC would be defeated by 2019 or 2024.

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