'Motshekga should have apologised for violating the school infrastructure law'

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is under fire for failing to account for the poor state of schools in South Africa.

On Thursday, the minister convened an urgent meeting with provincial education MECs and their heads of department to discuss issues around school infrastructure and the eradication of pit toilets.

Earlier this week Basic Education's Elijah Mhlanga told 702 that R3-billion would be needed to fix infrastructure at schools in Limpopo. .

READ: 'You would need R3 billion to fix Limpopo schools infrastructure alone' - BED

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa human rights activist and head of policy and training at Equal Education Leanne Jansen-Thomas says Motshekga should start by saying she's sorry.

She isn't truly accountable to the public and neither are her MEC's. If her political will to fix the sanitation crisis was real and unwavering, she would have apologised to the country yesterday for violating the school infrastructure law that she herself passed on 2013.

Leanne Jansen-Thomas, Head of Policy and Training at Equal Education

She would have explained to the public why she opposed Equal Education's case for six unconstitutional loopholes in that law.

Leanne Jansen-Thomas, Head of Policy and Training at Equal Education

Human Rights activist Elinor Sisulu also joined the conversation and says the level of inequality in education is the greatest injustice.

It is an absolute emergency and the department has this programme. I just think there needs to be independent audits and the parliamentary committee's responsible for this, everybody needs to jump around as a matter of utmost urgency.

Elinor Sisulu, Human rights activist

Click on the link below to hear more from Jansen-Thomas and Sisulu...


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