Your editorial (President Jacob Verwoerd, July 25) refers. Yes, we must blame the basic education minister for what is happening in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. But we should not easily forget the toxic legacy of white supremacy that is still tormenting black people.

Yes, Dr Verwoerd is no longer the president of SA but his legacy lives on. Yes, Dr Verwoerd did not dump textbooks into the river but he did dump black people into the stricken conditions of poverty - the homelands.

Coming to President Jacob Zuma, when he fired Bheki Cele, Sicelo Shiceka and Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde one was under the false impression that he was, finally, taking tougher action against corruption, fraud, incompetence and slothful tendencies. It is clear now that before that he was just playing his usual political games.

Today, there is no logical explanation as to why the minister of basic education is still in her position, except that Mangaung is coming and Mr Zuma cannot afford to lose the support of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League too. In other words, our children's future is being sacrificed because of Mangaung. Surely, this cannot be the ANC of Chief Albert Luthuli and Walter Sisulu that is sacrificing children's future for political expedience.

Philani Lubanyana

Umlazi