Activists slam Zille's Motshekga defence

2013-07-25 10:42

Johannesburg - Equal Education slammed Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Thursday for her article defending Education Minister Angie Motshekga, saying she had made "factual errors".

In the article, "Zille goes in to bat for Motshekga" published on the Cape Argus website on Saturday, Zille said Motshekga might be a "hate target", but she had fulfilled her constitutional responsibilities better than her predecessors.

"She actually understands conditions in the average disadvantaged classroom. As a result she is trying to develop 'norms, standards, policies and frameworks' that take account of reality. That on its own, is a giant leap forward for education," Zille wrote.

However, EE chairperson Yoliswa Dwane said Zille's article was "misleading and riddled with errors".

"Zille suggests more than once that norms and standards [for school infrastructure] may be 'unachievable', 'unaffordable' and 'impractical'," Dwane said in a statement.

"These claims are undermined by the concurrence given by the minister of finance, as well as the support for norms and standards in the National Development Plan, and from the Auditor General and fiscal and finance commission."

Norms and standards

She said Zille's comment that the norms and standards required "tortuous public-participation processes" was not the reality.

Dwane claimed there was no public participation process after the publication of draft norms and standards in January.

"The only body that involved the public was Equal Education, which held public hearings in five provinces and collected 700 submissions which were distilled into two," she said.

"Motshekga had 11 weeks from the submission closing date until the 15 June deadline, but she made no effort to use the public’s input to fix and finalise the norms and standards," she claimed.

EE took Motshekga to court in July, claiming she had breached an agreement reached in November 2012 to publish the final document by 15 May, or by the extended deadline of 15 June.

The East London High Court ordered that she promulgate the norms and standards by 30 November.

In her article, Zille wrote that Motshekga had "erred in believing that it would be possible to cut through the red-tape jungle by 15 June", and that she should not have supported the "unrealistic deadline" and agreed to it becoming a court order, said Dwane.

However, Dwane said the 15 June deadline was realistic and pointed out that it had not been an order of court.

  • Poloyatonki Kgosi - 2013-07-25 10:46

    DA is mess, they even have a king who smoke illegal stuff as their member.

      PointBlank - 2013-07-25 10:51

      Nothing wrong with the herb my man... Nothing at all.

      Stefan Kruger - 2013-07-25 10:56

      The only reason why youd say its Illegal, because the same government that has its knife out for you showed you that... its like a condom... The government advertises a condom to scare the life out of you because of aids... But the FACT is that they dont give a damn about you, they are controlling population growth with it, but they dont say it.... Therefore the reason why WEED is Illegal, because it wakes you up from the poison that the government is feeding you, making you REALIZE of whats going on.... and they cant afford people that think outside of the box, because its a risk for them... so maybe you should smoke a blunt, wake up... smell the reality of life, and FIGHT for the TRUTH...

      Stefan Kruger - 2013-07-25 10:58

      Oh, and btw... Research Fluoride and Pineal Gland... and see the TRUTH of how your brain and train of thought is being poisoned...

      Michael Wilson - 2013-07-25 11:04

      Foolish, you had nothing to say when he was a part of the ANC. Pretty typical, don't expect anything more from you really.

      Lydon Daniel McGrane - 2013-07-25 11:16

      As opposed to a president who does what...?

      Vasco Vigis - 2013-07-25 11:22

      Polo you a special kind of layman...don't forget your colour crayons. To practice making your X on the ballot paper.

      Solomon Mokeretla - 2013-07-25 11:26

      Dude in South Africa we all have the right to be affiliated with any plitical party we want regardless of what you smoke. Dont you think it's unfair to say the DA is a mess for giving this king membership since this guy comes from the Anc.

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-07-25 11:27

      Poliodonkey, are you talking about the same king who was an ANC member for years, and the ANC was perfectly OK with it?

      Poloyatonki Kgosi - 2013-07-25 11:34

      Sht Stirrer & Co... I AM AN EFF MEMBER NOT AN ANC MEMBER... please.

      Steve Ritchie - 2013-07-25 11:39

      Poloyadonkey is trolling again. Ho-hum!

      Awsomekid - 2013-07-25 11:40

      Imagine,the king and "queen Zille" both high from one joint.Ha..ha.That will be an "open pot of Capetonian sh..t".

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-07-25 11:40

      Poloyadonkey .. this article suggests that the ANC is in a mess, specifically education and according to Equal Education Zille should not have given some support to Motshekga (because education is a mess and Motshekga to blame) ... so go smoke your ANC

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-07-25 11:48

      Stefan are you for real ??? lol. "weed is illegal because it wakes you up from the poison that the government is feeding you and makes you realise what is going on" ???????? guy seriously go and smoke week all day if you want but don't try and justify it with that drivel. what really makes you realise whats going on is knowledge !!! reading !!! education !!! not weed

      Stefan Kruger - 2013-07-25 12:07

      Hahaha, Ryan.. off course I am for real.. sounds like you havent smoked weed before.. hahaha.. Thing is, people blame weed for making people lazy and uninspired... well, that can happen.. everything depends on yourself.. :) I'm 28 years old, im a qualified pilot, i am a full time music producer and nothing is wrong with my life... why?? because I made my life the way i want it to be.. You write your own book buddy... if weed showed me anything in life, then it is to see the love in everything and everyone... love is all you need dude, and if you look at most famous people that forced that into our minds, like John Lennon... Killed... why?? Governments don't want that... Dude, wake up... Population growth is over 7 billion... earth can sustain itself with 11 billion... so think about it... too many of us, is a danger... to ourselves.. that's why war is such a big game, because that is how governments sit back and laugh as we die...

      Stefan Kruger - 2013-07-25 12:09

      Oh and btw, my level of education is right up there where you dont think it is, by the sounds of it you should do some more research into truth... because even the education that our children are getting now is spoon fed by our government... THINK dude... Think

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-07-25 12:25

      Stefan I did not suggest you lazy, nor uneducated nor a hobo. but your contention that weed gives you great insight is rediculous. it gives you no insight. what gives you insight is education, reading and knowledge. I am not contending that weed is good for you nor bad for you. and yes, any amphetamine I would rather avoid thank you. but seriously, insight ??? lol. you can convince yourself and your fellow dopeheads of that, but I think you will have a hard time selling that thinking to someone else. peace

      Linds Ron-House - 2013-07-25 12:33

      Comments I wrote on 17 July: "There is fiction and then there is fact. The fact is the Minister has tried her best in education. She has only been in office for 4 years. The Limpopo premier and education MEC must take the blame for the book crisis, not the national minister. The matric pass rate has been improving nationally." "You must not forget that it was Prof. Kader Asmal who closed all the teaching, nursing and FET colleges. He also introduced OBE and other basic education policies. Ministr Motshega inherited some of this mess and together with Dr Nzimande they have been trying to reverse this." Zille has vindicated me. I always say that you need to dig deeper than the news reports, you'll find fact not fiction.

      Linds Ron-House - 2013-07-25 12:38

      The media has unfairly painted Minister Motsega as a total failure and cause of problems in education. Fortunately Premier Zille saw beyond the media fluff.

      Stefan Kruger - 2013-07-25 13:26

      hahaha, then you do some further research and see how many of those books you read nowadays was written by stoners.. not all, but allot... but what you say dude, is your point... it gave me insight... to each his own dude.. ;)

      Danita Renecle - 2013-07-25 13:28

      Poloyantonki Kgosi Read the interview with Helen Zille by the Helen Suzman Foundation there you will see what she did when she was briefly MEC for education.See "Interview Helen Zille - Helen Suzman Foundation" The New National Party and the DA split up because they could not work together. See what she did in 2 yrs. The Google "ECape exemplifies hope of a liberation betrayed." Where else in the world are the Unions in charge of education? Equal Education knows and understands this. When Provinces squander the money , National Education is supposed to take over, but as long as Jacob Zuma is in bed with the Unions, even National Executive is rendered impotent. So vote DA

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-07-25 13:50

      Cool cheers Stefan :)

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-07-25 13:52

      Poloyadonkey ... youre quick to say you not ANC member anymore and that you EFF now ... but up until a couple months ago you were a ANC cheerleader still ... what, did you wake up one morning then and realise that you may be able to get more corruption by supporting EFF ?

      Richard Pickett - 2013-07-25 14:41

      Shame tonki dude what an ass you've made of yourself.

  • PointBlank - 2013-07-25 10:51

    This is hardly "slamming" - more provocative headlines to a cop out article...

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-25 11:42

      For once Cosatu is caught between a rock and hard place, attack or agree with Zille.

  • bradchad.jensen - 2013-07-25 10:52

    Wow, am surprised that there are hardly any comments on this post! No hate speech and so on! I guess them heters don't know what to say!

  • Bryan Culross - 2013-07-25 10:57

    Its a case of dam if you do and dam if you don't ..... Zille is her own person and will look at matters and issues on their merit and not purely on a party political basis.

  • mapepaki - 2013-07-25 11:05

    This seems to be a big 'U' turn for the DA, hope no damage done.

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-07-25 11:27

      allcialouise helen zille who is the leader of the da has commented and defended angie motshekga

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-25 12:29

      It is not a U turn. The DA does not say the Angie is a super-star, all the say is that she is better than the previous ones. Read Helen's statement. Boycott the anc Vote DA! For your children's better education.

  • Peter Dlamini - 2013-07-25 11:11

    Zille has spoken and all sundry went retard. Thanks mam for understanding that not all people come from Mars.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-07-25 11:25

    Helen ZiLle looks at all angles before putting judgement it does not mean if u made one mistake we must hang u this is the qualities of a leader "big upp"

  • Happy Moloto - 2013-07-25 11:25

    i we can see what kind of a silly leader Helen Zille. I was baffled by her complimenting Angie..Im sure every single squirrel in the western cape can smell the buried nuts now..

      Dee Hunt - 2013-07-25 12:48

      Happy : Why is it 'silly' to FAIRLY assess anyone - especially someone in a party you are opposed to, and an 'easy target' after Angie has been pulled through the mud by media and country. I heard Zille speak more than a year ago, and said the same things. THE TEXT BOOK FIASCO IS THE FAULT OF PROVINCE - not ministerial level. Zuma needs SADTU support to stay in power - and therefore fails to act where he should, and fails to defend Angie. Should we CONTINUE to have some nonsense, unachievable 'Norms and Standards' for all when there are schools without even brick walls? Or give this Minister a few more months to determine something realistic .. or grades of schools. Rather than "SILLY" - why not be a bigger person, as Zille is, and be FAIR?

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-07-25 11:28

    Can't you see Zille is courting Angie for DA? Soon she might come forward confirming such relationship.

  • nkululeko.zulu.5 - 2013-07-25 11:32

    So there won't be any refugees this time miss. Zille since you see quality eucation?

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