South Africa 15.4.2015 10:30 am

Hostile reception for ‘no show’ MEC

SWEAR BY IT. Davidsonville residents outside Roodepoort Primary School yesterday, during the visit to the school by  Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

SWEAR BY IT. Davidsonville residents outside Roodepoort Primary School yesterday, during the visit to the school by Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Some members of the community at Davidsonville allegedly invaded offices of the Gauteng MEC of education on Monday and hurled insults at security guards, demanding to see MEC Panyaza Lesufi, whom they said did not pitch for a meeting.

Yesterday, Lesufi visited the school. He said he had arranged to see the community yesterday, not on Monday, and is concerned at how these members acted while he conveyed a message for yesterday’s meeting.

The MEC’s office was appointed to investigate allegations of fraudulent appointments of teachers and mismanagement of funds at the Roodepoort Primary School.

During a media briefing at the school yesterday, Lesufi announced he will not be revealing the contents of the reports as the complainant did not show up.

“I follow protocol all the time, therefore I will not be revealing anything about the report until the complainant decide to meet with us.”

However, Lesufi said he will make sure the delay of the reports does not interfere with school lessons. “I’m very influenced by the interest of pupils. If classes are disrupted because of these protest, I will act swiftly on those responsible,” said Lesufi.

Davidsonville Community Forum (DFC) members maintained the MEC did not pitch for most of their meetings.

The DFC’s Tebogo Motlhasedi said several members missed work on Monday to meet with the MEC, but “he decided not to show up”.

“We told you we wanted to see him on Monday as arranged, and he picked the day that suits him.

“He had missed a lot of our meetings. He usually decides not to show up,” said Motlhasedi.

 

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