Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has vowed to table his resignation letter should the EFF provide him with proof that there are pupils in several parts of Gauteng who still trek to school.
Enraged Lesufi made this known to the legislature on Tuesday when he answered queries on why some students; particularly in Midvaal and some parts of the Vaal still walk to school despite transportation scholarship being budgeted for by the national and provincial departments of education.
The complainant, Patrick Sindane, who doubles as EFF member, alleged that the affected pupils in the province wake up so early and trek to school in order to meet up classes.
But the MEC dared him to present an evidence and watch him resign; insisting that every pupil in Gauteng was paid his/her scholar transport.
Gauteng Education MEC has always been caught in the web of diverse controversies in the province. Last month, he raised dust after he instructed authorities at the Randfontein High School to lock out more than 400 pupils who reported to school late. According to him, he insisted on the latecomers should be locked outside so that it will serve as a deterrent to others.
Taking on Lesufi about his actions in Parliament, EFF’s Sindane, argued that locking out the pupils suggest a “deprivation of the constitutional right to education” for these pupils.
Contradicting defiant Sidane’s assertions, the MEC disclosed that ever since that decision was taken, the number of children coming to school has increased remarkably. The closing of the gates has assisted us in dealing with those kids.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was appointed MEC for Education in June 2014. He served in government in various positions such as Special Advisor to the Minister of Basic Education, Head of Communications for Education, SCORPIONS, and South African Police Service (SAPS).