Cosas calls on MEC to resign, or else
The Congress of SA Students in Eastern Cape has handed a memorandum to Premier Noxolo Kiviet calling for the dismissal of education MEC Mandla Makupula.
The memo was presented after a three-day service-delivery lekgotla of the ANC in East London.
Makupula is being criticised for his support of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga,claiming that she had done good work at the department since taking over in 2009.
Motshekga has been in the firing line in connection with the Limpopo textbook saga.
"This is an insult to the frustrated learner still awaiting proper resources for learning," the Cosas leadership in the province said.
The organisation, its national body and the ANC Youth League earlier this month asked President Jacob Zuma to fireMotshekga.
"Learners do not have textbook [or] proper learning facilities [and] run the risk of having mud houses fall on top of them and yet we have 10 salary-collecting adults that are not performing," said Misumzi de Bruin, Cosas's provincial chairman, referring to the nine education MECs and the minister.
"Mama Angie and the nine MECs must do the African child justice and resign," she said.
Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj could not confirm that Zuma had received correspondence from Cosas. He said, however, that the president was waiting for a report from the team he appointed to investigate the failure to get the textbooks to schools on time.
"Until there are details of how the departments have handled the issue of textbooks, the president cannot make any decisions, and that applies to all other issues relating to the education system, including MECs," said Maharaj.
Cosas in the Eastern Cape said failure to respond to its demands would lead to "mass action".
"We want to remind these under-performing office bearers that . we have the capacity to make South Africa ungovernable any given day," provincial secretary Mfundiso Oliphant said.
Cosas called on the S A Democratic Teachers Union and Cosatu to rally behind its call .