Section27 not giving up on meeting

2012-08-16 22:19
Angie Motshekga. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Civil rights group Section27 has renewed its request for a meeting with the department of basic education, the group said on Thursday.

Section27 and several other NGOs had asked for a meeting on 21 June to discuss "the deepening crisis in education and the ways civil society can work with the department of basic education", Section27 executive director Mark Heywood in a statement.

"Our open letter of 21 June 2012 was made in good faith in an attempt to discuss a sustainable strategic plan to address the education crisis following the minister and her officials' attempts to trivialise the litigation that her department is facing," Heywood said.

He said while they had resorted to litigation, they preferred to work with the government to find solutions, but Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had not responded to their invitation.

Basic education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said he was aware of the proposed meeting and agreed it should happen.

"Yes, we will definitely meet them, it's long overdue," Lesufi said.

He could not say when such a meeting would take place.

- SAPA
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