Activists claim victory in Motshekga battle

2013-07-11 14:16
Angie Motshekga (Picture: Beeld)

Angie Motshekga (Picture: Beeld)

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Cape Town - Education activists claimed victory on Thursday after the Eastern Cape High Court ordered Minister Angie Motshekga to publish norms and standards for school infrastructure.

Equal Education said in a statement that should the minister fail to comply with the court order, she could face a fine or imprisonment.

Read the order here. The important features are:

Motshekga and the basic education department now have two months to publish for comments amended draft regulations for minimum uniform norms and standards for school infrastructure.

She has been given until 30 November 2013 to promulgate the norms and standards.

But while Equal Education has claimed this as a victory for themselves, the ministry says the court actually sided with the department.

Panyaza Lesufi, Motshekga's spokesperson, told the Mail & Guardian the settlement "in fact, vindicated the department" because it effectively gives Motshekga the six months extension she originally requested.

"We're vindicated as the department, that's why we're ready to sign," Lesufi said. "We said we can [publish] in six months, they [initially] refused."

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