Minister, premier, MEC must resign

2012-08-04 11:14

Tshepo Manyane
Old Kraaipan, North West

As head of a department, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga must shoulder the blame for failing to avert or turn into a positive the Limpopo textbook fiasco which has become a national crisis.

I therefore wish to advise her to step down without having to force President Jacob Zuma or her comrades in the ANC’s National Executive Committee to embarrass her.

What happened in Limpopo is scandalous and anyone found liable for the mess must face the music and be charged accordingly by police.

It is undeniable that the minister’s handling of the textbook fiasco showed incompetency and a lack of appreciation for the seriousness of the situation.

The damage is already done and the honourable thing to dois to accept failure and resign.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and Education MEC Dickson Masemola must follow suit. They, too, must account and be held responsible for dumping and burning textbooks in an attempt to conceal failures to distribute the study materials to schools. In my opinion, burning textbooks is treason.

The matric results in Limpopo have rated, year after year, as among the worst in our nation; for an MEC to allow the situation to degenerate to these low levels is unforgivable.

Both Mathale and Masemola must do the honourable thing by not only resigning but handing themselves over to the police. They have stolen and derailed South Africa’s future.

It is understandable that some political opportunists within party ranks would want to score points against one another, but neither Mathale and his MEC nor Motshekga have sufficient reason to justify their positions in the ANC government.

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