Anger over idling R323m donation

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The IFP Youth Brigade has called on Education Minister Naledi Pandor and her counterparts in the provinces to provide proper leadership for the sake of children.

The call follows reports that the department was forced to forfeit R323million in unspent European Union (EU) foreign donor funds.

The donation was meant to be spent to build classrooms, nutrition centres and provide sanitation, electricity and water at a number of schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

The youth brigade believes heads of those officials responsible for the peocess to be set aside "should roll".

Pat Lebenya, the chairman of the IFP Youth Brigade, said yesterday that many questions needed to be answered.

"We want to know how this kind of incompetence and inability to implement can be tolerated by the departments concerned and request detailed and public explanations in this regard," he said.

"It is clear that our education system is in a mess and needs to be addressed for the sake of children to receive a quality education," Lebenya said.

The provincial department of education's systems planning and monitoring deputy director, Firoz Patel, said fewer schools than anticipated were built because the bid process did not secure enough qualified contractors to do the work within the approved price ceiling determined by the fund agreement with the EU.