Angie Motshekga denies lying

2012-07-02 21:42

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday denied lying about firing former education administrator Anis Karodia.

She never used anyone, including Karodia, as a shield to save herself in an uproar over the late delivery of school textbooks in Limpopo, Motshekga wrote in an open letter.

"The main point I want to respond to, relates to what seems to be the media's opinion that I have lied about having removed Dr Anis Karodia from the Limpopo education department as the head of intervention.

"Dr Karodia is no longer head of the intervention team because of the instructions that I gave that he be removed. Dr Karodia did not leave Limpopo out of his free will."

She said Karodia was not a "fall guy", and that at a briefing in Limpopo, she accepted responsibility for the "textbook problem".

Motshekga said a City Press editorial had depicted her as a "a petty pathetic liar desperate to save [her] own skin at the expense of others".

"The person written about in the City Press cannot be the person I know myself to be.

"Thanks to my age, I am at a stage where there are very few things that I don't know about myself, so the City Press and Karodia could not be more wrong about me and the stupid things I'm capable of."

She said Karodia needed to say whether he left the department voluntarily, or through her instruction.

Motshekga also asked if she could speak publicly on the reasons for his removal, despite both previously agreeing not to.

The City Press reported on 24 June that Motshekga had not fired Karodia, despite telling the media she had done so.

According to the newspaper Motshekga blamed Karodia for the department's failure to deliver textbooks to Limpopo pupils.

"Motshekga must apologise to me and speak the truth to the public," Karodia told the newspaper.

"She must clear my name and speak the truth."

In its editorial City Press asserted that education was in crisis and criticised Motshekga's description of the state's failure to deliver textbooks as "a problem, not a crisis".

"No amount of nonchalance or evasion by the education department can change the fact that when children have to rely on courts to get textbooks it means we have deep-seated problems in our education system," the editorial reads.

  • ndlovusola - 2012-07-02 21:49

    I did not even read this article just the name angie (zuma) motshekga makes me angry. She has lied so much, she cant even remember her lies. I wont even get to the arrogance that woman is arrogant to the core only making her look stupid.

      Godfrey - 2012-07-02 22:18

      Thanks to her age, she knows which side her bread is buttered and how to prolong her stay in Govt.

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-07-03 05:12

      This IS service delivery !! Soon the whole country will be behind by 6 months !!

      Mark - 2012-07-03 05:33

      Once a liar, always a liar. Angie and the ANC would rather give the kids 6 months off a year to practice for the 'People's Reed Dance' or 'Revolutionary Youth Rally' at which they would jump around and sing struggle songs while their parents starve at home. The other 6 months would go to learning revisionist history about how Nelson Mandela beat the entire SADF with his bare fists to liberate them from apartheid.

      smili.fication - 2012-07-03 06:15

      I don't BLAME ANGIE! I blame the whole ANC goverment. Provincial, national and legislative are all responsible for being incompetent. They are a blight to South Africa and it's people. The ANC must not use Angie as the sole scapegoat. It knows in it's rotten core that it and it's members are the true cause of this. You dont see the DA with this problem do you? VIVA DA! VIVA COPE!

      gordon.trevat - 2012-07-03 07:56

      "....could not be more wrong about me and the stupid things I'm capable of." Sounds like she is saying that they underestimate the stupid things she is capable of :)

      Werner - 2012-07-03 08:27

      "Angie Motshekga denies lying" now she lies about not lying

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-03 10:03

      Angie - the best liars don't even know when they are lying - you Fu*king LIAR!

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-02 21:54

    If a politician denies something, then the allegation is in all probability true. This woman is single handedly destroying the futures of our youth - they need EDUCATION, not lies and ass covering exercises!!!!

  • Armand - 2012-07-02 22:00

    ANC = Lies!!!! Finish and klaar!!!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-07-02 22:05

    Par for the course

  • francette.nagel - 2012-07-02 22:06

    She keeps on lying because she doesn't know the truth

  • Erna - 2012-07-02 22:06

    The anc cadres have no shame and lying comes naturally.

  • francette.nagel - 2012-07-02 22:07

    She keeps on lying because she doesn't know the truth

  • Mischievious van Tman - 2012-07-02 22:16

    matters not whether she fired karodia,remainin fact is ......incompetent n i wary abt da reslts of her actions

  • logical007 - 2012-07-02 22:27

    The fact is these text books should have been delivered to the schools in January. NOT JULY??? No court should be giving 'extra time'to deliver the books - (and if so maybe a week not 7 months) This Angie needs another job -and I would not even employ her cleaning my house if this is the way she works!

  • lbweitz - 2012-07-02 22:27

    Oh my, what a well-educated person. She's really trained well . . . lying about the lies . . . eish!!

  • Mboneni - 2012-07-02 22:29


      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-03 20:58

      I agree.. the sooner she resign the better. If she remain in her post an even bigger disaster will await the children of South Africa next year.

  • robin.oelofsen - 2012-07-02 22:34

    liar liar, textbooks on fire...

  • emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-07-02 22:41

    at this point i dont think it really matters who exactly is to blame for these events... the department as a whole is just messed up. why does zuma not just do another reshuffle and get that worthless woman out of there? i cant wait till these clowns get voted out of power

  • Francois - 2012-07-02 22:44

    Can this stupid people not understand that the children (mostly black) is the victims and it is a disgrace that this poor children must go to school every day without books. What type of monsters did this government become to shift blame all over the place instead of fixing the problem. If you are the person appointed as minister of education then all blame must be on you seeing that it is ultimately your responsibility to manage your staff in such a way that you are always aware of what is going on in your department. These poor kids have lost a year and will have to redo their forming year. What an utterly disgusting disgrace!!!!

  • rick.coetzee.7 - 2012-07-02 22:54

    If this government ever want to succeed in fixing unemployment, grow our economy and eradicate poverty they must fix the education system first and make it priority above all. The future of this country depends heavily on the quality of education we give our children today. Give this priority portfolio to someone who CAN do the job - black or (gasp!!) white. Someone who has the ability to surround themselves with a team of competent people, who knows how to motivate and lead them and who is passionate about the education of our youth.

  • jofouche - 2012-07-03 00:14

    \Thanks to my age, I am at a stage where there\r\nare very few things that I don't know about myself,\r\nso the City Press and Karodia could not be more\r\nwrong about me and the stupid things I'm capable\r\nof.\\r\nSo you admit your stupidity angie ? Lol your words not mine

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-03 03:30

      from the minister of edu,we expect far more than this

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-03 01:52

    Now Ugly Angie lies again.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-03 03:29

      that is mean

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-07-03 07:22

    Your face tells a story.Your face is telling us you are a liar of format.You lie just as much as Zuma.If only your face could get red then maybe you could be ashamed of what you were trying to do to the children of this country.Get out and stay out.You are no good.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-07-03 07:27

    First lesson when appointed as minister - ALWAYS DENY EVERYTHING. Deny being incompetent, deny wasting money, deny that you want to make a difference, deny being a liar, deny that you were speeding, deny that you abuse power

  • DonnnyBrasco - 2012-07-03 07:39

    I have dispised this woman since the first time I heard of her during a rape investigation of a young primary school child. She was on third degree and I just thought they can't possibly have such a doff person in such a position. Doff + Education Portfolio = South Africa Down The Drain.

  • Gerald - 2012-07-03 08:10

    the former edu minister was Anis Karodia. Angie is also an Anis! Is that the minimum requirement for this position?

  • Ryno - 2012-07-03 08:25

    incompetent management = absolute chaos

  • Clive - 2012-07-03 09:26

    Does the current generation of ANC "leaders" even know the difference between truth and lies? The lies (and denials) slip so easily off their tongues.

  • Nicolaas - 2012-07-03 09:51

    Yes ANgie, and at your age you still stupid to know that you are stupid. FFS! Face the facts, you lied, denied, you were caught out and now you lie again denying your lies!You correct, you only know a few things about yourself and that is to lie and deny, the rest we know already, you stupid and incompetant!

  • gpitse - 2012-07-03 10:00

    Angie where were you up until the uproar....shut the f#$@k and save your sorry behind by resigning a true disgrace to the future....shifting blame and lies amount to corruption...bloody moron(in education)

  • Retlaw - 2012-07-03 11:22

    Angie we are truly blessed to have leaders like you and your Cadres running this country. We deserve what we vote for? ;)

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-03 12:26

    A half truth is not a lie.

  • di.hingley - 2012-07-03 12:44

    My concern now, other than having her fired, is the children. Did the teachers teach the children during the last six months using last years books (the content should still be the same) OR did the teachers take the six months as a paid holiday? Have extra teachers been sent to the schools to help the children catch up? Has a new time table and work schedule been drawn up? Will the teachers work over weekends and holidays to ensure the entire years work has been taught by the time final exams are written? Or will the children just be pushed up a grade with six months of vital education missing?

      fred.reynecke - 2012-07-03 13:18

      Di, this woman, believe, is not an Anis. In fact she is 1/2 an ANUS. A whole one is useful.

  • tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-07-04 08:37

    It's the same woman who onced referred anc members who defected to cope as "dogs". Who's a dog now!

  • lesley.motsoare - 2012-07-04 13:12

    the truth always sets every1 free,angie should js come out n speak. sumthn is rily fishy here.

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