Equal Education has called for the dismissal of Basic Education Eastern Cape MEC Mandla Makupula, as well as Minister Angie Motshekga, accusing them of breaching the legally binding Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure.
The law that every school must have water, electricity, internet, working toilets, safe classrooms with a maximum of 40 learners, security, and thereafter libraries, laboratories and sports facilities, was passed in 2013.
The includes a ban on pit latrines at schools.
Referring to the deaths of Michael Komape and five-year-old Lumka Mkhethwa who fell into pit toilets, Head Of Policy And Training at Equal Education, Leanne Jansen-Thomas says there is a complete lack of political will.
In the minister's media statements around Lumka's death, she does not once mention the law that she adopted and that her and the MEC's are bound to. She does not apologise for the fact that they have not complied with that law and that is why Lumka had access to a pit latrine at her school.— Leanne Jansen-Thomas, Head of Policy and Training at Equal Education
We still haven't seen the provincial infrastructure progress reports that were meant to be released last year that the minster is supposed to have with her.— Leanne Jansen-Thomas, Head of Policy and Training at Equal Education
We have really lost faith in the ability of the minister. We have absolutely had it with any excuses.— Leanne Jansen-Thomas, Head of Policy and Training at Equal Education
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