Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS
Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS

East London — Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is not willing to go down alone for failure to meet the schools infrastructure targets set by the state.

In her defence‚ in court papers submitted by Adv Chris Erasmus‚ the minister said it was common cause that the implementation of the norms and standards was subject to the resources and co-operation of other government agencies and entities responsible for infrastructure.

Motshekga wanted other departments, such as Water and Sanitation and Public Works, to also be held accountable.

"For instance‚ this will include some of the departments, such as Public Works being responsible for infrastructure of the state in general‚ Water and Sanitation being responsible for infrastructure relating to water and sanitation and Energy being responsible for the provision of electrical infrastructure. None of these entities have been cited as respondents‚ despite a list of other respondents having been identified as necessary parties‚" read her defence.

The court case by Equal Education to get Motshekga and the nine education MECs to meet the school infrastructures deadlines was held on Wednesday at the Bhisho High Court.

A giant blow-up doll of Motshekga had been placed at entrance of the court where Equal Education members were picketing.

The family of five-year-old Limpopo boy, Michael Komape‚ who died after falling into a pit toilet at his school‚ were also present in court. Michael’s father said he supports Equal Education’s call because government failed his son.