- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said that Panyaza Lesufi's appointment as Gauteng finance MEC was a "bad move"
- Motshekga said that Lesufi should have served another term as education MEC
- She said this would have allowed him to consolidate the changes he made in the department
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said that moving Panyaza Lesufi away from the Gauteng department of education was a mistake.
Lesufi has been appointed as the MEC for finance and e-government.
Motshekga described this as a "bad move", saying Lesufi should have been given a second term in order to consolidate the changes he made to the province's education department.
Motshekga said that Lesufi had been a trailblazer while serving as education MEC. She said he was at the helm of several innovative projects, including the introduction of Information and Communication Technology to schools.
Lesufi was a controversial education MEC, however. His proposals to eliminate Afrikaans as the language of instruction at several schools was met with significant backlash, for example.
During a press briefing, Gauteng premier David Makhura explained his decision to move Lesufi to finance and e-government. Makhura said that the finance department was key to service delivery, and consequently he needed someone of Lesufi's experience and calibre to head up the department, according to News24.
In particular, Makhura said that Lesufi would be able to fight corruption in the department, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Additionally, the premier said that he wished to make more government services available online and that he trusted that Lesufi would be able to accomplish this.
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