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Motshekga wants other departments to be held accountable too

14 March 2018 - 13:21 By Aretha Linden
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga was not willing to go down alone for failure to meet the schools infrastructure targets that the state set itself.

Motshekga wanted other departments such as Water and Sanitation and Public Works to also be held accountable.

"For instance‚ this will include some of the departments such as the minister of Public Works being responsible for infrastructure of the state in general‚ the ministries of Water and Sanitation being responsible for infrastructure relating to water and sanitation and the minister of Energy being responsible for the provision of electrical infrastructure. None of these entities have been cited as respondents‚ despite a list of other respondents having been identified as necessary parties‚" read her defence.

The court case by Equal Education to get Motshekga and the nine education MECs to meet the school infrastructures deadlines was held on Wednesday at the Bhisho High Court.

A giant blow-up doll of Motshekga had been placed at entrance of the court where Equal Education members were picketing.

The family of five-year-old Limpopo boy Michael Komape‚ who died after falling into a pit toilet at his school‚ were also present in court. Michael's father said he supports Equal Education's call because government failed his son.