BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga was one of the losers when the African National Congress (ANC) put together its national working committee (NWC) on Thursday.
The ruling party elected 20 leaders to the committee, which also includes the "top six" ANC officials for a total of 26 members.
The NWC is a subcommittee of the national executive committee. It meets every second week to deal with operational matters arising between NEC meetings every other month.
Ms Motshekga was elected to the NWC after the Polokwane elective conference in 2007.
She had a tough year in 2012 when the blame for the Limpopo textbook crisis was laid at her door, after schools in the province went without books for the first seven months of the school year.
On Friday she denied accountability in the saga. "It (delivering textbooks) is an administrative function and it has nothing to do with me as a minister," she told a New Age business briefing in Johannesburg. "Basically, the problem lies with the administration and not the political office.... The problem lies in the province.... It is a provincial problem."
Former Cabinet minister Pallo Jordan and National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu also lost out.
The additional NWC members are: Jeff Radebe, Naledi Pandor, Lindiwe Zulu, Bathabile Dlamini, Nomvula Mokonyane, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Jackson Mthembu, Nathi Mthethwa, Lindiwe Sisulu, Malusi Gigaba, Derek Hanekom, Susan Shabangu, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Collins Chabane, Aaron Motsoaledi, Nomaindia Mfeketho, Blade Nzimande, Fikile Xasa, Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Sisi Mabe.