Johannesburg – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has dismissed claims that her husband, Dr Mathole Motshekga, is involved in the production of sanitizers for schools.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the department said it had “noted with utter dismay the false news” circulating on social media.
The department said the allegation were “desperate and far-fetched lies that should be ignored”.
It added that Mathole Motshekga did not own or plan to own a factory that produces or supplies sanitizers or personal protective equipment to schools.
“In his own right, Dr Motshekga is a politician and a long-standing member of Parliament. Dr Motshekga is a professor of Laws and Political Science recognised by many prestigious universities in the country.
“He spends his time reading, writing and giving local and international lectures on African Heritage Laws and Political Science. Dr Motshekga is also a member of Parliament serving as chairperson of the ad hoc committee of Section 25 on expropriation of land,” said the department.
“Further allegations that the Kara Heritage Institute which Dr Motshekga founded sells books to schools is a blatant lie. The institute is not a commercial business and has no interest whatsoever in making business with government, let alone the department of basic education.