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THE ANC’s parliamentary caucus has jumped to the defence of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in the Limpopo textbook debacle, praising her yesterday for her “great efforts” in arresting the situation.
Hours after a DA-led protest march to the Limpopo education department, the ANC caucus issued a statement listing, and praising, a range of government interventions aimed at resolving the fiasco.
“The co-operation with various stakeholders indeed shows that the government is as serious and determined as all of us to see these matters resolved,” said Moloto Mothapo, the caucus spokesman.
He lashed out at the DA for staging what he termed an “opportunistic and unhelpful” march.
Mothapo said the ANC caucus joined “the multitude of concerned voices” regarding the situation in Limpopo, but he pointed the finger at “officials” rather than Motshekga, who reportedly came under fire from delegates at the ANC’s policy conference in Midrand last week over the crisis.
“Those officials responsible for this situation must face disciplinary measures,” Mothapo said.
However, he hailed Motshekga’s efforts. “We are satisfied with the great efforts made by the Department of Basic Education to arrest the situation by ensuring that not only do learners across the province receive these important learning materials, but are also assisted through a catch-up programme.”
He said a national education summit proposed by the department “will comprehensively tackle all educational challenges the country might be facing…”
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