Will the lack of exposure to the education system render the new Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, not fit for purpose? The Democratic Alliance is grappling with the question whether the new MEC is indeed equipped to fulfil all expectations with regard to educational matters.

Honourable Makupula has been entrusted with the task of improving the quality of service rendered by the department of education. Given the lack of background in the education system, the Democratic Alliance hopes that he will, unlike his predecessors, consult with those in the trenches of education before making important decisions.

I have known MEC Makupula to be a man of high intelligence and unwavering integrity, and I believe that he would listen to those, who on a daily basis, are faced with the challenges in education.

I sincerely hope that the new MEC will become conversant, sooner than later, with all the intrigues associated with the functioning of the department, and that he will not be bogged down by any political baggage.

I wish to congratulate our new MEC on his appointment, and I trust that it will not be necessary for the DA to call him to task if he should fail to deliver on his responsibilities as political head of the department of education.

The path, which is not an easy one, has been trod by many, who were found not to be fit for purpose.

My advice to our new MEC is to be true to his job description of ensuring that education takes its rightful place in the greater society.

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, a person fit for purpose, has been found to take charge of a department that is rotten to the core, as alluded to by the former acting Superintendent General, Prof. Harry Nengwekhulu.

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