Stoep Talk col­umn is an in­sti­tu­tion and ought to re­main

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Robert Brad­field

I WANT to re­fer to the opin­ion page of Fri­day, Jan­uary 13. In­stead of the usual Stoep Talk col­umn, we found a com­ment by Angie Mot­shekga, Min­is­ter of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion. This came as a big sur­prise.

It must have been very im­por­tant – of “stop the press” pro­por­tions. So I read it.

What I read ap­peared to be just a rant by the min­is­ter against Gavin Davis of the DA. Ap­par­ently he had writ­ten an open let­ter in which he dis­cred­ited Umalusi.

I do not re­call where his open let­ter was pub­lished and if it was in The Star he was given pride of place on the opin­ion page.

Open letters from and to politi­cians are usu­ally aired in the letters pages, where I of­ten see pieces by Den­nis Bloem of Cope.

That is where I would have ex­pected to find the di­a­tribe by the min­is­ter. To the lay­man, not know­ing the cir­cum­stances, it does ap­pear to have been placed there due to pres­sure from above.

To re­place a col­umn that has be­come an in­sti­tu­tion in The Star for the past 40 years, is re­gret­table.

Ob­vi­ously, this is en­tirely the choice and responsibility of the editor. Per­son­ally, I do not think that the min­is­ter’s di­a­tribe was worth any spe­cial cir­cum­stances. Brack­endowns

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