'I feel deeply embarrassed, I'll fix it' - MEC Lesufi on Gauteng school toilets

All pictures courtesy EWN

Sanitation issues are trending across many South African schools, with the death of a six-year-old Limpopo pupil in January 2014, and the Sowetan's recent exposure of issues in Gauteng schools which have left Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi expressing embarrassment over the situation, vowing to address it on the Redi Tlhabi Show:

Let me congratulate the Sowetan for doing a wonderful job - they have done very well. It's just I feel very let down by the system. I had the political will to say that in the first 100 days, we'll take an audit to check which schools are functioning on target. We have 526 schools and the plan to ensure that there's no bucket system in our schools; it was a simple plan and we'd allocated R150 million to fix the problem. Those people who often cry foul to say that with big government contracts, they are not given an opportunity as small players, were given the opportunity to fix our toilets; those are the people that let us down! That's where we are now and I assure you, we will fix this, we've given the deadline of the end of September. There's a clear political will from my side, we don't even have to debate it. I've appointed 10 unemployed women in each and every ward to clean the toilets. I was let down, I feel deeply embarrassed, but I will fix it. I'm not running away from the problem.

Sowetan Editor Mpumelelo Mkhabela outlined some of the key findings of their investigation into Gauteng school toilets:

We discovered a lot of things, at different layers: in some instances, we found that where toilets were working, there were things like no soap available to wash hands or there were taps missing. At another level, we found that the toilets were blocked and they were blocked for a long time, while the department would have said they've just commissioned a maintenance team. In other instance, we found they've found a way to work around these things and we should be saying as a newspaper and as South Africans, this isn't normal, this isn't how it should be.

Listen to the full conversation below


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Trigger warning: Sibling sexual abuse, why it shouldn't be kept quiet

Trigger warning: Sibling sexual abuse, why it shouldn't be kept quiet

Sexologist and sex therapist Dr Eve unpacks an aspect of sexual abuse that is rarely explored.

Why do some people sneeze if they look at the sun or other bright light sources?

Why do some people sneeze if they look at the sun or other bright light sources?

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

'I want Catzavelos to recognise that he is a racist,' says Eusebius

'I want Catzavelos to recognise that he is a racist,' says Eusebius

McKaiser contrasts Adam's apology with that of Angelo Agrizzi at the state capture commission.

Thuli Madonsela: 'I needed to correct Helen Zille's black privilege tweet'

Thuli Madonsela: 'I needed to correct Helen Zille's black privilege tweet'

The former Public Protector talks about her work since leaving office and her views on issues of social justice.

Mob justice is sometimes warranted, caller tells Eusebius

Mob justice is sometimes warranted, caller tells Eusebius

A 702 listener says a friend of his was raped and received no help, but Eusebius responds that vigilantism is not a solution.

'There is nothing honourable about Bathabile Dlamini's resignation'

'There is nothing honourable about Bathabile Dlamini's resignation'

Eusebius McKaiser unpacks former minister of women in the Presidency's departure as a Member of Parliament.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Mabena's lack of agility has social media in stitches, we are Mabena!

[WATCH] Mabena's lack of agility has social media in stitches, we are Mabena!

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Uber takes to the skies with Uber Air and Uber Copter

Uber takes to the skies with Uber Air and Uber Copter

Uber Air’s flying taxis are specifically designed for short trips. Bruce Whitfield interviews Stuff magazine’s Toby Shapshak.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Your employer can ask your doctor to write an affidavit to support a sick note

Your employer can ask your doctor to write an affidavit to support a sick note

Law says if a traditional healer is part of medical council with a registered number he or she can write a medical certificate.

South Africans are getting poorer and poorer at an increasing rate

South Africans are getting poorer and poorer at an increasing rate

Bruce Whitfield interviews Mike Schussler (Economists.Co.Za), Busisiwe Radebe (Nedbank) and Edward Kieswetter (Sars).

[WATCH] 400-metre hurdle race goes viral as athlete dives through finish line

[WATCH] 400-metre hurdle race goes viral as athlete dives through finish line

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Meet Sandile Shabalala, CEO of black-owned and controlled TymeBank

Meet Sandile Shabalala, CEO of black-owned and controlled TymeBank

TymeBank has no branches and no monthly fees. Most transactions are free. Bruce Whitfield interviews its CEO.