Media Statements

Statement: Equal Education update on the 2018 Independent Satchwell Inquiry

28 November 2018 Statement: Update on Independent Satchwell Inquiry On 18 May 2018, the Mail & Guardian published serious allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct against former leaders of Equal Education (EE), including Doron Isaacs, Zackie Achmat and members of the 2011 Human Resources Sub-Committee that looked into claims that Isaacs had violated EE’s

Media: Equal Education asks Court for apology for shutting down of peaceful protest

21 November 2018 Media statement: Equal Education asks Court for apology for shutting down of peaceful protest On 11 July 2017, the police and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education (KZN DoE) unlawfully shut down a peaceful protest held by members of Equal Education (EE). Represented by the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), EE has now

Joint statement: #SJC10 victory as ConCourt decriminalises peaceful protest

19 November 2018 Joint media statement: #SJC10 victory as Constitutional Court declares sections of Gatherings Act invalid and decriminalises peaceful protest   Today, Monday 19 November 2018, the South African Constitutional Court made an historic ruling that declared section 12(1)(a) of the Regulation of Gatherings Act (RGA) unconstitutional. The judgment is the result of a

Media alert: GP members at #WorldToiletDay forum call out Motshekga’s Norms delinquency

19 November 2018 Equal Education media alert: Gauteng members attending #WorldToiletDay Flush Forum call out Minister Motshekga’s Norms and Standards delinquency This morning, Equal Education Gauteng post-school youth members and staff who are attending the #WorldToiletDay Flush Forum, will be picketing while Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga delivers her address. Equal Education is supportive of

Statement: Open letter to Ramaphosa on Limpopo infrastructure plans

5 November 2018 Equal Education statement: Open letter to President Ramaphosa on shambolic Limpopo school infrastructure plans and Constitutional Court dismissing #FixTheNorms appeal Equal Education is appalled by the “plan” to fix Limpopo school toilets submitted to the Polokwane High Court by the national Department of Education (DBE) and the Limpopo Department of Education (LDoE).

Post-MTBPS statement: Empty promises as bleak picture for basic education funding continues

25 October 2018 Equal Education post-MTBPS media statement: Empty promises as bleak picture for basic education funding continues Despite making bold statements about the importance of education, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s 2018 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) provided little relief to the already constrained basic education budget. Allocations to infrastructure grants continue to decrease

Pre-statement on MTBPS: Minister Mboweni, reverse cuts to education spending!

23 October 2018 Pre-statement on MTBPS: Minister Mboweni, reverse cuts to education spending! Equal Education (EE) calls on newly appointed Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, to reverse major cuts to basic education funding in his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tomorrow. The 2018/19 budget announced decreases to school infrastructure grants by approximately R7 billion over

Statement: UN Committee calls SA government to action on basic education

22 October 2018 Media statement: UN Committee calls SA government to action on basic education Equal Education (EE) and Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) welcome the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which has called on the South African government to intensify its efforts to, among others: improve school

Statement: Minister Motshekga’s remarks reflect zero understanding of co-operative governance

18 September 2018 Equal Education media statement: Minister Motshekga’s remarks reflect zero understanding of co-operative governance #StopTheAppeal In a media statement issued yesterday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga remarks that the recent school infrastructure judgment of the Bhisho High Court forces her department to take responsibility for that which it has “zero control over”. Minister