MPLs in the North West Provincial Legislature's Portfolio Committee on Education, Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation are calling for the administrator in the Department of Education, Joe Mohlala, to be removed from his position with immediate effect. Lawmakers want Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, to rather send a new administrator because the department is still under section 100.
This after Mohlala failed to appear before a joint virtual committee oversight meeting of various departments that was scheduled for Thursday.
The committee wanted the Department of Education, to account for schools infrastructure grant spending for the past three financial years.
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Education, Kabelo Mataboge, said the Committee has resolved to engage the minister to raise its frustrations with Mohlala.
“The administrator throughout has always treated the committee and the people of North West and the legislature of the North West with great contempt and we therefore have resolved that we will interact with the minister to raise our frustrations about the administrator.
“The administrator must recuse himself and vacate his position. By virtue of the fact that we are still under section 100, the minister can still redeploy a new administrator,” said Mataboge.
He added that the committee will also engage with the minister about the current poor state of schools infrastructure in the province.
“We will also discuss the current and systematic challenge of the fact the current infrastructure is in a bad state, therefore there needs to be an intervention on that.
"Secondly, the schools that need to be built must be built with immediate effect, precisely because the learner population of the North West is growing and therefore the current infrastructure is unable to accommodate all our learners, hence you find schools that are overcrowded," he said.
Mohlala, however, said the committee is on record informing him never to appear before it.
“At the previous committee meeting, I was chased away, insulted, and then told not to attend the portfolio committee anymore. I will not attend the committee meeting because I was told that I must never attend this meeting... go to where you come from. I was told all of this in a meeting on record,” Mohlala said.