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‘Racist’ Motshekga under fire

The minister said Equal Education was a group of white adults organising black children with half-truths.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Non-governmental organisation Equal Education (EE) is considering various legal options after Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga allegedly made racist remarks.

Last week, the minister described EE as a group of white adults organising black African children with half-truths.

This after the NGO announced it was taking her to court for failing to publish the minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure.

The documents were expected to be released in mid-May, but Motshekga said the redrafted norms and standards would take another six months to complete.

Angered by the minister's remarks, EE's Yoliswa Dwane said, "We believe that it is actually inappropriate for the Minister of Education to mislead a nation like this and to be making racial attacks on organisations that are trying to improve conditions."

Dwane also released a statement on Monday following a meeting between the NGO and officials from the department.

Motshekga was present at the meeting, EE confirmed.

According to the NGO, little was achieved.

"The meeting was robust, frank and constructive. No agreement was reached." Dwane said.

"Any future agreements concluded between EE and the Department of Basic Education must be made in an order from the court."

The matter regarding the minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure will be heard in court in July.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma defended Motshekga's abilities during the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) briefing on Monday.

"I am very happy with her job," he told journalists.

Zuma argued it is unfair to expect the consequences of apartheid to be corrected in just 19 years.

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