Education MEC tackling sanitation crisis in Tembisa schools

Lesufi says in the 100 days he has been in office, he has fixed over 400 toilets in Tembisa schools.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he is actively addressing the sanitation problems in Tembisa schools.

On Friday, Equal Education led a march to Lesufi's offices on the issue where he was handed a memorandum.

Lesufi joined the organisation in the march.

He said Equal Education actually had an agreement with the basic education minister and other provinces through a court settlement that all toilets were to be fixed over a period of seven years.

The MEC said he was already ahead of schedule, saying in the 100 days that he has been in office, he has fixed over 400 toilets in Tembisa schools.

"When I came in, I felt that I can't postpone the dignity of learners for seven years and allow them to use sanitation that was not appropriate. When I presented the report, they felt that they should have come back to me and engaged with me rather than having had a march, and that's why I joined them for the march."

Lesufi stressed that as long as people were working towards the same goal, they should try and work together.

"I want to emphasise that even if we differ as South Africans, people that raise issues with you must not be treated as enemies."