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'Decision to cut power at Tshwane schools insensitive'

Panyaza Lesufi has requested an urgent meeting with Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has requested an urgent meeting with Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa after the municipality disconnected electricity and water supply to several schools in Pretoria.

Almost 40 schools now have no electricity after they failed to pay their water and lights bills.

The municipality cut off Section 21 schools, special schools and independent schools which Ramokgopa says are in arrears of R21 million.

The timing of the power cuts has been criticised by the department as matric students are currently writing their final exams.

Lesufi says his department is ready to "bail out" the state schools that have been cut off and is prepared to pay the R10 million debt as soon as it receives an invoice.

"I really think they were insensitive. For them to switch off the schools during this crucial moment is really in a bad taste, I must be honest."