JOHANNESBURG - An emotional letter by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was revealed on Monday.
In it, she vehemently denied lying to the country about the Limpopo textbook scandal.
She said despite media reports, she fired Anis Karodia, who was head of intervention in Limpopo.
Motshekga said she agreed to various terms including him writing to the press to speed up his departure and to avoid a lengthy labour dispute.
She refuted he was the fall guy and said she is not the "petty pathetic liar" she is being portrayed as.
Earlier her spokesman Panyaza Lesufi denied she had lied about knowing a whistleblower in the textbooks scandal.
Motshekga denied knowing Solly Tshitangano, who last year flagged irregularities in government's deal with EduSolutions.
“No, I don’t know the name,” she said.
Lesufi said emails from Tshitangano went through him, as Motshekga's advisor, and were passed onto the police.
He said the minister gets hundreds of emails a day and does not handle all of them herself.
“We acknowledge the letter and gave it to law enforcement agencies to investigate.
“They went and investigated on the particular case.
“The law of the country, however, does not allow the minister to cancel a contract in any particular province.”
NOTE: For the Minister's full letter, click here
(Edited by Clare Matthes)