Blaming Masemola is unfair: Report

By Drum Digital
19 July 2012

Limpopo education MEC Dickson Masemola said it was "unfair" that he was being blamed for the textbook saga, according to a report on Thursday.

“It's very, very unfair because people can't take the whole responsibility of the education challenge and place it on Masemola,” he told Eyewitness News.

“This is totally unfair because if indeed my department was not placed under administration, I will take the responsibility."

He said he was confused by calls for his resignation as he was stripped of his powers when the province was under administration.

“I remain highly committed to my work and I'm very passionate about my responsibility. I love it so much."

He was responding to a report by Wits University education professor Mary Metcalfe which found that not all Limpopo schools had received their books by the June 27 deadline, despite the department saying 98 percent of learning material had been delivered.

Human rights organisation Section27 took the department to court to force it to deliver textbooks after some schools in the province had been without them for seven months.

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