Gauteng education spokesman changes his togs

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

Gauteng Education Department spokesman Panyaza Lesufi is leaving the department to join the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee.

Lesufi was at one stage tipped to replace Makhosini Nkosi as spokesman of the National Prosecuting Authority, but he turned down the offer.

Nkosi bowed out of the NPA, apparently after coming under immense pressure from Jacob Zuma's supporters.

He accepted a more lucrative position at a financial institution.

Sowetan believes that the NPA's package offer to Lesufi was unattractive compared with what the LOC offered.

Amid much laughter, LOC director of communication Tim Modise told Sowetan yesterday he did not know much about the appointment and was therefore unable to comment.

"As soon as things get sorted out and people are appointed we will make an announcement," Modise said.

Lesufi caused a stir among education stakeholders earlier this year when he announced that more than 200 underperforming schools would be closed.

He said the schools had been given a grace period to present a strategy to the department about how they planned to reverse their performance.