- Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has cancelled the briefing on the reopening of schools tomorrow
- Her spokesperson cited a need for more consultation before an official press briefing
- South Africans are not happy, especially parents who are anxious about sending their kids back to school
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The much-anticipated press briefing by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has been postponed to Monday. Given that schools are opening tomorrow, South Africans are less than pleased as confusion reigns over whether Grade 7's and Grade 12's will return next week.
Briefly.co.za learned that the new press briefing will take place at 11 am on Monday. The reason for the delay is as follows:
“Due to the minister being engaged in further consultations on the readiness for the reopening of schools”, her department has advised.
The initial press briefing was supposed to take place at 4 pm but was postponed to 6 pm. An insider said that the postponement could be indefinite according to the Citizen.
Mmusi Maimane has waded into the issue and blasted the Motshekga for showing a lack of respect.
Saying that South Africans are not happy is an understatement:
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC has come out in strong defence of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The minister has been facing immense criticism over her anti-tobacco stance which has swayed the decision to extend the ban on products during Level 3 of the lockdown.
In a statement released by the ruling party, the ANC dubbed the 'attacks' on the minister as unwarranted and insisted that she was simply fulfilling her duties as a cabinet member:
“…the attacks are not only persisting, but they have been intensified with the worst racist, sexist, misogynist comments posted on social media."
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