Textbook ruling expected

By Drum Digital
04 October 2012

The High Court in Pretoria is expected to decide on Thursday whether to grant an order compelling the department of basic education to find out which Limpopo schools have still not received textbooks.

Two schools, represented by rights group Section27 and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, also want an undertaking that all textbooks will be delivered by the end of October.

In May, the high court ordered the department to deliver the textbooks by June 15. This was later extended, by mutual agreement, to June 27.

However, two schools complained that they still had not received any books.

On Monday, Section27 asked Judge Jody Kollapen to declare the national department and the Limpopo department of basic education in contempt.

Counsel for the department Chris Erasmus argued that it had done everything in its power to comply with the order.

"We gave a full explanation of what went wrong... The department can only deliver books if those books exist. Books had to be procured first," he said.

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