By Edmund van Vuuren (MPL), Shadow MEC for Education:
ANC MPL Christian Martin’s must show some political will and ask the Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, to resign instead of taking action against the wrong people. This morning, MPL Martin laid criminal charges against the Department of Education in connection with the closure of schools in the northern areas due to teacher shortages.
The ANC is so confused about what the solutions are that they are now laying charges against each other.
By opening a case against the department, is MPL Martin admitting that his party has failed the people of the northern areas by not providing the necessary human resources and therefore implying that his party should not be supported, due to non-delivery?
MEC Makupula must resign and spare the province from another year of self-denial, failure and turning a blind eye to the shortcomings in his department.
Education is the ticket out of the poverty cycle, but the freedom to access opportunities for our learners are being destroyed by a dysfunctional department. It is time for a drastic political intervention.
It’s time for fresh political leadership at the helm of this department.