‘Lesufi failed to meet school sanitation deadline’

Equal Education says the MEC failed to meet a deadline to fix the sanitation crisis at over 200 schools.

FILE. Numerous Soweto schools have had to resort to portable toilets. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Equal Education in Gauteng said on Tuesday MEC Panyaza Lesufi had failed to meet his own deadline to fix the sanitation crisis at over 200 township schools in the province.

The organisation released a schools audit last month demanding that the department make R350 million available to improve maintenance, water, sanitation and electricity in schools.

The organisation said Lesufi willingly accepted the demands, making a promise to fulfil the request by today.

Spokesperson Adam Bradlow said, "The deadline of today is actually the deadline he set for himself. We've written to the MEC over the past month, we've tried to set up meetings with members of his staff. Unfortunately we are yet to hear back from them."

On Monday Lesufi addressed a youth march in Soweto and vowed to improve the right to quality education in the province.