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EE claims victory against Motshekga

A court order compels the minister to publish norms and standards for school infrastructure.

Minister of Basic Education Motshekga is required to publish the norms and standards for public comment by mid-September, and promulgate them by the end of November. Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Non-governmental organisation Equal Education (EE) claimed victory in a court bid on Thursday that compels Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to publish norms and standards for school infrastructure.

However, Motshekga's department says the agreement is what the department had initially requested from the NGO.

Motshekga is required to publish the norms and standards for public comment by mid-September, and promulgate them by the end of November.

The agreement was reached during an urgent hearing as an order of the Eastern Cape High Court.

SPARED FROM AXING

Motshekga survived President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday despite several calls by various parties for her to step down.

Wits University professor Susan Booysen told Eyewitness News she isn't surprised Motshekga wasn't dropped from cabinet.

"Angie is certainly in the league of the very loyal and she brings in the Women's League. What's probably the most worrying thing about the cabinet is that a person like that with obvious faults has not been changed."

President Jacob Zuma has persistently defended Motshekga's abilities.

"I am very happy with her job," he told journalists during the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) briefing in June.

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

RACIST REMARKS

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

This was after the NGO announced it was taking her to court.

The documents were expected to be released in mid-May, but Motshekga said the drafted 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."

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