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Education MEC, Fundile Gade, is still refusing to appear before a special sitting of Education Portfolio Committee to answer questions on the irregular R160 million contract with Sizwe Africa IT Group, six weeks after his initial refusal to be held accountable. If the MEC is adamant that the procurement was all above board, why is he hiding? Surely if there is nothing untoward about the contract, then there would be …


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The Department of Education has apparently wasted millions of rands, paying exorbitant amounts for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for schools, which illustrates once again how the Eastern Cape is becoming the epicentre of Covid-19 corruption. After many attempts to obtain the truth from the MEC for Education, Fundile Gade, through means of parliamentary questions, and asking him directly in a portfolio committee meeting, the costing of PPE distributed to schools …


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Honourable Speaker, Fellow South Africans… I greet you with the universal greeting of peace, As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. In undertaking the school visits which produced the report before the house today, honourable members witnessed first hand the symptoms of a flailing and failing department. The report itself serves as an indictment of MEC Gade and the management of the department of education in the Eastern Cape. It is little …


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Honourable Speaker, Fellow South Africans… I greet you with the universal greeting of peace, As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. The prospects for improvement in the education system and its outcomes for learners in the Eastern Cape is looking increasingly more precarious. Preparations for the reopening of schools have been completely bungled, the department wasted money it doesn’t have paying up to 5 times more for PPE compared to what …


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Honourable Speaker, Fellow South Africans… I greet you with the universal greeting of peace, As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. The Eastern Cape’s expanded unemployment rate as of the first quarter of this financial year sits at 48.9%. This is not a new phenomenon. Our jobs crisis has worsened year-on-year, spurred on by a flawed economic approach and inept government. In the midst of the global Covid 19 pandemic, President …


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