Dear Minister/ Premier/ MEC

According to these speeches by state representatives published on online platforms, our education department has at one point paid
R26/ loaf of bread.

Details were not provided on which schools or districts but I trust that with your administrative
capacity you can conduct investigations into whether/ how this inflated pricing has affected the fiscus, and specifically, the Eastern Cape’s
own budget allocation for education over the years:

Speech by Hon Gordhan: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71656?oid=143683&sn=Detail
Speech by Cosatu Sec-General Zwelinzima Vavi: http://www.cosatu.org.za/show.php?ID=4089
Speech by Hon Fish Mahlalela: http://www.parliament.gov.za/content/Microsoft%20Word%20-%20SPEECH%20BY%20THE%20CHAIRPERSON%20OF%20APAC%20at%20conference.pdf

Concerned Citizen


Letter to Eastern Cape Premier regarding Education

Dear Friends,


Thank you for agreeing to take part in this most important initiative to get the education of  the children of the Eastern Cape back on track. It might seem a very small step but if we speak with one voice it is possible to move mountains. Below this note are:


  1. The email addresses to which this letter is to go. It is directed at the Premier of the Eastern Cape, the Honourable Noxolo Kiviet as the person in charge of the affairs of government in our beloved province. The letter is copied to the MEC for Education, the Honourable Mandla Makupula, and the National Minister of Basic Education, the Honourable Angie Motshekga.
  2. The email addresses of all the above public representatives (their Offices).
  3. The actual letter that we need to copy and paste and dispatch to these officials.


Should you with to make any additional points to these Officials, please free to do so. We encourage constructive criticism and putting forward bold suggestions even if they are not politically correct. It is our wish that we maintain civility and humility in this whole exercise, but we also demonstrate a steely resolve to see this through. Ours is not civil obedience but a simple exercise of our democratic right as citizens to be heard by those we elected to represent us. If we do not get a response from this, we will have to send follow-up emails, faxes and even calls if we have to.


Please take that precious one or two minutes to cut and paste this letter and the email addresses, and send it in your own name.


The email addresses are as follows:


To:  nolwando.stofile@otp.ecprov.gov.za sipho.lunyawo@otp.ecprov.gov.za  (Premier’s Secretary and Chief of Staff respectively)

CC:  mabua.s@dbe.gov.za nomandla.gobeni@edu.ecprov.gov.za

BCC:  imfundo.easterncape@gmail.com


Nomalanga Mkhize, Unathi Kondile and Songezo Zibi


Dear Premier,

CC: Minister Motshekga, MEC Makupula

RE: Education Crisis in the Eastern Cape

My name is ———————————–. I am a South African citizen who is increasingly dismayed by the poor state of education administration and teaching in the Eastern Cape. I was momentarily relieved last year when the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga decided to intervene in terms of Section 100 of the Constitution. To my utter dismay, I have since learnt that this intervention was initially rejected outright by various political players in the province causing a great deal of confusion over who was in charge of what competencies in the department. This confusion culminated in a four week go-slow by teachers, creating havoc for learners in the province.

For a province with limited or no industrial activity in most parts, where unemployment and poverty are rampant, one would think that education is the most valued endeavour by the authorities. Properly educating the children of the province would be the only way of giving them an opportunity to secure a better life within and outside the province; but over the years, for various reasons this has been eroded to the point of crisis we currently find ourselves in.

Honourable Premier I urge you to show the leadership the people of the Province elected you to demonstrate in order to change their lives for the better. The future of innocent children is being recklessly dismantled by irresponsible trade unionism, cheap politicking and a general lack of concern from various leaders.

Sadly, most of the children affected by this crisis are Black. If it continues they will end up exactly the way apartheid architect, Hendrik Verwoerd wanted Black children to be – “hewers of wood and drawers of water”. We cannot afford to have this on our conscience and neither should you and your provincial executive council. It is unconscionable that a democratic government should allow an effective extension of the goals of apartheid under its watch.

I only request that the extent of the crisis in the Eastern Cape be given the attention it deserves through the full and comprehensive implementation of a Section 100 intervention so that critically needed capacity and resources might finally be deployed.

I also urge your provincial government to ask President Zuma to proclaim a comprehensive special investigation of the Department of Education in order to root out the corruption which sees taxpayers paying up to R25 (in some schools) for a loaf of brown bread as part of the school feeding scheme!

I respectfully ask that you respond to this email within the next week. I know you have a busy schedule and had up to now decided to trust that you would do something, but I cannot remain silent anymore.

As a citizen I also pledge myself to do my bit in assisting in the furtherance of our children’s education. 

Yours in education,

[Insert name]


This letter appeared as a sponsored advertorial in the The Herald and Daily Dispatch newspapers in the Eastern Cape on Friday 17 February.

A slightly different version of this letter was sent to the offices of Minister A. Motshekga, Premier N. Kiviet, MEC M. Makhuphula and Superintendent-General Adv. M. Mannya during the four week go-slow of January 2012.



Esi sisicelo sasesidlangalaleni kubaphathi bezemfundo eMpuma Koloni, umbutho wootitshala – iSADTU – kunye nootitshala; sokuba bancede bayeke ukuphazamisa izifundo zabantwana abamnyama ezikolweni.

Asinokwazi ukuthula sibukele lenyubakaxaka yezemfundo echaphazela, kak’bi, imfundo yabantwana bethu.

Ikamva lomntwana omnyama niyalibulala botitshala. Sithumela abantwana bethu kwezizikolo zenu ngethemba lokuba niyakubakhathalela nibakokose ngemfundo. Kodwa hayi, ikamva lomntwana omnyama limfiliba ezandleni zenu.

Yenzeka njani na lonto? Abantwana benze ntoni bona sebevinjwa imfundo? Benze ntoni?

Kusenjalo, ziiveki zintlanu izikolo zivuliwe kulonyaka ka- 2012 kodwa abantwana sebezibona besengxakini yokukhutshwa ezikolweni ngenxa yengxabano phakathi kwentloko yesebe lwezemfundo eMpuma Koloni, u- Advocate Modidima Mannya, nombutho wootitshala i-South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU).

Ngokubona kwethu ibinosombhululwa ngengxoxo lengxaki, ingade ichaphazele abafundi ngesisigqibo sokuba ootitshala bangafundisi okanye baye ngokucotha emisebenzini.

Abazali, abagcini-bantwana nakunye nabahlali baseMpuma Koloni baphatheke kabuhlungu sesisiganeko kwaye abazi nokuba bangenza ntoni ngalomba ukuze bayisombhulule lengxaki. Kwiidolophu neelali zethu eMpuma Koloni abantwana bakhutshwa phambi kwexesha ezikolweni; ngentsimbi yethoba ukuya kweyeshumi elinambini ngentseni. Kwaye oko kuxhomekeke kwiinqununu nakubafundisi-ntsapho, nabathe bahamba ngokunentsa kwimisebenzi yabo.

Kuyacaca ukuba abantwana basezikolweni ezisezilokishini nasezilalini babuthwele ubunzima, kwaye lemeko ayinamtu unokuyikhusela.

Eyona nto ingumqobo kubahlali balapha eMpuma Koloni yeyokuba abazi nokuba kutheni sekunje. Abafundi babuyele ngoku ezikolweni, kodwa kungekudala ootitshala bazakufamana esinye isizathu sokuqhanqalaza, bashiye abantwana ezikolweni kwakhona.

Indima yabazali abamnyama seyafana neyeenkuku ezasikwa imilomo, ngenxa yokuhlaliswa ebumnyameni ngemiba yootitshala nezemfundo.

Iingxoxo-mpikiswano ezivakala koonomathotholo, oomabonakude nakumaphephandaba phakathi kwentloko yesebe lwezemfundo, uMannya, nakunye nesithethi se- SADTU, uMnkenceleli Ndongeni, azibonakalisi kukhanya kwesisimo semfundo yaseMpuma Koloni.

Ndlela le zihamba ngayo ezizinto,  singabemi balapha eMzantsi Afrika sihlazekile, kwaye ayibukeki into yokubukela iinkokheli zethu zemfundo zixabana koonomathotholo, koomabonakude nasemaphepheni zibonakalisa ukungavisisani. Lihlazo eli!

Kuyanyanzeleka abazali nabahlali baseMpuma Koloni baphakame bakhe bayokuhlala phantsi nabatitshala babantwana babo; banyanzelise imfundiso yabantwana babo okanye bakhangele amanye amacebo emfundo ayakuthi ancede abantwana babo.

Abazali abamnyama kuyanyanzeleka bathath’inxaxheba ephangalaleyo kwizikolo zabantwana babo – babe nendima abayidlalayo ebuRhulumenteni bezikolo zabantwana babo.

Asinokwazi ukunyamezela lendlela yokuziphatha yootitshala, imibutho yabo kunye nesebe lwezemfundo.

Ukuba abakwazi ukuyisombhulula lengxaki kuyakufuneka sihlabe imibuzo yokuba: lemfundo siyinikwa nguRhulumente ingaba inexabiso na? Okanye abantu balapha abamnyama kufuneka bazenzele imfundo ephucukileyo, ngokwabo?

Siyabacela bonke abantu abayinxalenye nesisimo ukuba bazityande izazela – bakhulule abantwana kulemeko, bakwazi ukubuyela kwizifundo zabo. Makucingwe ngekamva loMzantsi Afrika.

Na xa sibheka phambili sakucela ukuba ootitshala xa benengxaki nesebe lwezemfundo bazame ngandlela zonke ukuba ingachaphazeli ikamva lomntwana omnyama. Ukubulala imfundo yomntwana kukubulala ikamva lethu sisonke bantu bantsundu!

Imibuzo ingabhekiswa kuXolile Madinda ku 082 591 5612 okanye umyalezo wesibhalao ungabhekiswa ku imfundo.easterncape@gmail.com

ESISIBHALO SIXHASWA NGABALANDELAYO: (Kwaye nabani na ofuna ukuxhasa esisibhalo wamkelekile ukusisasaza ‘de sifikelele kuninzi eMpuma Koloni)

1.  Reverend Mpumelelo Qwabaza –  CEO Eastern Cape Provincial Council of


2.  Nomalanga Mkhize, Save Our Schools and Community

3.  Reverend Theo Williams

4.  Reverend Lundi Joko

5.  Simphiwe Dana

6.  Unathi Kondile

7.  Derek Luyt

8.  Zukiswa Kota

9.  Farouk Abrahams

10. Xolile Madinda

11. Mpumi Bikitsha

12. Kwezi Xinwa

13. Aviwe Monti

14. Thabisa Ngada

15. Maggie Vester

16. Yolandi Garden

17. Thembelani Shoco

18. Reggie Manyakara

19. Thabisa Xhalisa

20. Songezo Zibi

21. Kate Tissington

22. Mandilakhe Dikana

23. Dumisani Mtwa

24. Sinesipho Mbusi

25. Mzuvukile Sotshanga

26. … (nabo bonke abanye abahlali abakhathazekileyo)