- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga channeled her inner Jacob Zuma recently
- While announcing the official matric results, the politician fumbled over the numbers
- Social media took notice and weren't too amused at the head of education's mistake
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga enjoyed her moment in the spotlight on Tuesday when she announced the highest ever matric pass rate in the history of democratic South Africa.
During an address that was filled with jovial comments, Motshekga managed to botch an important part of her speech.
Explaining how many matrics managed to secure access to higher education in the past decade, the minister fumbled as she attempted to say 1.763 million.
Despite the mistake, Motshekga managed to have a laugh at the situation, correcting her own blooper and moving on with her address.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance claims Motshekga has made an even bigger, and perhaps more unforgivable mistake.
The opposition party insists that the current statistics on pass rates fail to consider students who dropped out between Grade 10 and matric.
Instead, the DA claims the true pass rate for last year is closer to 38.9%, far lower than the 81.3% Motshekga announced during the event.
Conveniently, this method would place the DA-led Western Cape in the lead when it came to the highest performing province in South Africa.
Former president Jacob Zuma went viral across the world for his apparent enemy: numbers. Youtuber PewDiePie compiled a fail reel of all the ANC veteran's encounters with his foe, propelling him to global notoriety in the process.
The similarities between Msholozi and the minister did not escape citizens, who took to social media to take their shots.
Take a look at just a few of the reactions to the blooper below:
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