Grant, Manuel in row over schooling
Cape Town - Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant has criticised Planning Minister Trevor Manuel for setting up an education forum in Grabouw, it was reported on Thursday.
According to the Cape Times the forum - set up to improve all schools in the troubled area - had only come to his attention through the media.
"The only 'education problem' we have in the area is one of overcrowding at a specific school," he was quoted as saying.
"If minister Manuel believes... that the setting up of an 'education forum' is a solution to the challenges in education, then the question needs to be asked: how many 'education forums' does the National Planning Commission have in other provinces?"
Manuel told the newspaper he did not need the permission of Grant or any other Democratic Alliance politician to serve his community.
"I have paid a price under apartheid for doing so... [Grant] should hang his head in shame for trying to reduce community service to the silliness of his statement," he said.
The national government's intervention followed violent protests by residents during the last few weeks over schooling.