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Motshekga must go – ANCYL, Cosas

The two parties claim the minister failed to take responsibility for the Limpopo textbooks scandal.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and Congress of South African Students (Cosas) on Tuesday warned they will engage in mass action if Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga does not resign.

The two groups gave the minister two weeks to vacate the post.

Both Cosas and the ANCYL said Motshekga failed to take responsibility for the Limpopo textbooks scandal.

ANCYL Deputy Secretary-General Kenetswe Mosenogi said the minister must go.

"She has failed to take responsibility for the current crisis, so that alone is disrupting the education system."

Cosas President Bongani Mani called on Motshekga to address the nation on this issue.

"Motshekga must issue an unconditional public apology on the issue, to the people of South Africa."

But the two groups failed to call for Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola's resignation.

Limpopo is expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema's home province.

On Monday, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) was furious about what transpired in Limpopo.

But the party's top brass rejected calls for Motshekga dismissal, pending the outcome of various reports.