Stoep Talk column is an institution and ought to remain
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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