COSATU in Limpopo has promised a “total shutdown” should the provincial government fail to publicly apologise over the textbook saga and mismanagement in the department of education.
The threat comes after the revelation that the government failed to properly plan and execute the delivery of textbooks to almost 4000 schools before the start of the 2017 academic year.
Addressing the media in Polokwane today, Cosatu provincial secretary Gerald Twala said the precursor to the total shutdown will be a march on Thursday next week to submit a memorandum of demands to the department of education, provincial treasury and the premier’s office.
“One department that has not enjoyed stability at political administrative level in the province is the department of education. The department needs consistent leadership in order to comprehend and manage its dynamism and complexes,” said Twala.
The demands also included the need for the “re-organisation and turn-around strategy to ensure well-oiled and effective department of education to deliver on its mandate in the province”.
This was interpreted by analysts as a call for the removal of education MEC Ishmael Kgetsepe and some senior officials.
“If our demands are not met, we are going for a total shutdown in Limpopo in the next few weeks,” Twala said.