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ANC calls for Motshekga to resign - report

Members of the ANC's NEC have reportedly called for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to resign.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Senior members of the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) have reportedly called for the resignation of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga over the Limpopo textbook scandal.

The Sunday Times newspaper this week reported that ANC Secretary Generel Gwede Mantashe called for a frank discussion about the issue at this weekend's NEC lekgotla in Pretoria.

The media was not allowed access to the gathering.

According to the paper, Mantashe said the Limpopo textbook saga was putting the ANC in a bad light because the party aimed to prioritise education.

It is understood some NEC members expressed their dissatisfaction with the way Motshekga is handling the crisis.

Politically, this may spell trouble for President Jacob Zuma, with critics saying he has been too lenient on the minister.

The ANC will hold its national elective conference in Mangaung in December.

Almost eight months into the school year, some Limpopo schools are still without all necessary learning material.

The Department of Basic Education failed to meet two deadlines to deliver books - one imposed by the North Gauteng High Court and another deadline it recommended.

Wits professor Mary Metcalfe and her team carried out an audit to determine whether all schools in that province had the necessary textbooks. She found that was not the case.

She was instructed by Zuma to recommend ways to turn the fiasco around and draw up a plan to avoid a similar situation in the future.

Motshekga returned to Limpopo earlier this week to implement recommendations in the Metcalfe Report.

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