I would have dismissed Motshekga - De Klerk
FORMER president FW de Klerk says he would have fired Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga if he had found wrongdoing on her part in the Limpopo textbook saga.
"If I was president, I would have asked the minister of education to fully investigate and brief me," he told reporters in Johannesburg.
"And if I had come to a conclusion that the minister of education ... failed in a material way, yes, I would have fired her."
De Klerk said the failure to deliver textbooks was purely a management issue.
"The textbooks were printed ... but not delivered. That is tremendously bad management."
De Klerk was speaking at a press briefing after a conference hosted by his foundation yesterday. The conference discussed the outcomes of the ANC policy conference.
De Klerk also said the spirit of inclusiveness and reconciliation embodied by former president Nelson Mandela was no longer prevalent in the country.
In his concluding remarks, De Klerk urged South Africans to be active and engage the ruling party on its policies, because they would shape the country's future.