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DA: Motshekga must explain dumped textbooks

2012-06-23 16:51

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga must explain how textbooks came to be dumped for disposal at a site in Seshego, near Polokwane, the DA said on Saturday.

"The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo inspected the site... yesterday where a contractor is claiming that they are being paid by government to destroy the books," spokesperson on education Desiree van der Walt said in a statement.

Motshekga needed to immediately explain the contractor's claims, she said.

"It is unthinkable that books which are still of value to children with no access to reading material could be disposed of in this careless way.

"What kind of a person or regime sanctions the destruction of books?"

‘Piles and piles’ of dumped books

The shortages of reading material in schools across Limpopo made the destruction of the books "unacceptable", Van der Walt said.

Earlier, Congress of the People MP Tshilidzi Ravhuanzwo said the party was made aware about a week ago that the "piles and piles" of books were being dumped.

Books and stationery, some still in their original packaging, were being burnt and shredded.

"So many schools don't have books, and [even old books] could have been used in libraries," she said.
Ravhuanzwo said that books from the previous curriculum would still be useful to teachers and pupils because the learning content did not change.

"We really need those old books, I would have like to have stopped them [destroying the books].

Limpopo education department spokesperson Pat Kgomo said the matter only came to the department's attention on Friday.

Motshekga: I won’t jump ship

How the materials came to be dumped was under investigation, he said.

On Friday, Motshekga denied blame for a delay in the delivery of textbooks to the province's schools.
"I have not considered resigning," she told reporters in Polokwane.

"The best I can do is sort out what I started. I won't jump ship."

She blamed the delay on factors including cash flow and administrative problems.

In May, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution. The application was brought by rights organisation Section 27.

Motshekga said her department had met with Section 27 and agreed to move the deadline to Wednesday.

Comments
  • catgirl1971 - 2012-06-23 16:56

    As if she'll justify her actions the arrogant so and so! She'll just shift the blame elsewhere.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-23 17:22

      She doesn't know that she doesn't know...arrogant fool just like the rest of her pompous ANC cadres.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-23 17:49

      The anc burn books?! Traitors! Viva DA and COPE!

      Squeegee - 2012-06-23 18:01

      "It's because of speedy delivery".

      nico.loubser.9 - 2012-06-23 18:30

      @ catgirl1971 ... She already shifted the blame (by the way).

      tyron.fawcett - 2012-06-23 18:33

      Its simple ANC don’t want the majority of South Africans to be educated. Educated people will not Vote ANC!

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-06-23 20:46

      That is it! I don't care whether you are black, white, indian, coloured or whatever! Your next vote should NOT be the ANC! Come on people of South Africa... Can't you see the ANC cannot run this country?????? They are driving this once beautiful place straight into hell! The whole lot of them... From the presidency to the lowest MP! The whole party is corrupt! This country is CRYING for change!

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-23 22:44

      Please Madam Minister, why did your department dump perfectly good text books?

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-06-24 04:31

      We need to bring what is happening in South Africa to the worlds attention. The rest of the world all has its own problems though, so they are focused inwards. If we want the world to notice we need to bring it to their attention!!! email these articles to global news papers, post on their Facebook and Twitter sites! This is how the Arab Spring first got noticed. The more South Africans do this the better our chances.

  • SM1012 - 2012-06-23 17:12

    Her kids & the entire other Govt Official...are getting a special Education...here and abroad. That's what you get if your appointment was POLITICALLY not on MERIT.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-23 17:16

    Unfortunately the masses are too stupid, and will think the cANCer are doing \good\ things for them, and continue to vote them into power. Why, because they believe the cANCer is sticking it to the white man.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-23 17:19

    She will be doing herself and everyone a favor if she just left quietly

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-06-23 21:06

      She should have been fired on the spot ! Stupid bloody woman ! No brains!

      Patsy - 2012-06-24 10:13

      She should be sued for wilful destruction of property and more....

  • donovan.solomons - 2012-06-23 17:21

    Now I wonder if the Apartheid regime will be blamed for this too?

  • Ludwig - 2012-06-23 17:22

    What a joke:-but then again it's the ANC. "burnt and shredded" Not only didn't the children get books but they also didn't recycle the paper.

  • Lorraine McDonogh - 2012-06-23 17:26

    Does anyone know of a forum similar to this which government officials possibly read. What amazes me is how the "outside world" have very little or nothing to say about the situation here in our country. Do we waste our energy expressing our opinions wheb forum similar to this

      Lorraine McDonogh - 2012-06-23 17:30

      The last sentence should read: .....when no-one in "authority" could care less abut the truth of what goes on in government.

      Erna - 2012-06-23 18:01

      Have been wondering the same thing myself. However, have also come to the conclusion that even if they did read or were aware of the people's thoughts and feelings they just don't care! The people who don't read the books that are being discarded will vote for them in any case.

      Sagin - 2012-06-23 19:22

      Lorraine, the anc were masters at manipulating the media during the apartheid era. The international media and people will take a long time to acknowledge the crises happening here because they must first accept that they were wrong in their judgement of the old south africa. There are always two sides to every story. It is not wise to write the anc off as just stupid and just incompetent. as there is more to it than just their inability to build anything good. They are drunk on power and will do anything(and i mean ANYTHING) to hold on to it. The anc is not a single organisation. The anc is thousands of greedy and vain people who coexist in a toxic collaberation of self enrichment. The anc do not care about Any of the people in south africa. They dont even care about each other.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-06-24 04:30

      The rest of the world all has its own problems, so they are focused inwards. If we want the world to notice we need to bring it to their attention!!! email these articles to global news papers, post on their Facebook and Twitter sites! This is how the Arab Spring first got noticed. The more South Africans do this the better our chances.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-23 17:26

    She will just play dumb...I mean act dumb, oh hell...she is frigging dumb! Arrogant and dumb…boy, what a combination!

      Patsy - 2012-06-24 10:17

      I think that it is more malice and manipulation, Bob. As people are saying, the government do not want the masses educated.

  • daniel.kahn.50 - 2012-06-23 17:29

    Now proof the government wants to keep the masses uneducated!!

      Juan - 2012-06-23 18:15

      They (the ANC) cannot expect us to believe they are serious about education. They are creating voter fodder to keep the ANC alive, either that our they are taking the p@ss out of us.

      rlmbennett - 2012-06-23 18:49

      @Juan - or as Iceman says to "stick it to the white man", no matter what the consequences.

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-23 17:43

    The last time I read of books being burnt was during the rise of nazi Germany. No nation can succeed without a proper education and more so without a culture that values education. As a result of this debarcle heads should roll....if anyone actually cares.

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-06-23 17:44

    The ANC say DA is trying to score a political point. This is not about politics, but the future of this country. Education dept is in crisis. #convinced

      msaka.lekhosi - 2012-06-23 20:41

      I'm not an ANC member or supporter. And I'm not in the position to answer whether they're morons or not.

  • sizwe.schoeman - 2012-06-23 17:55

    What in heavens name is coming to this country, it's like throwing away food in a poverty struck city.

  • schewitz - 2012-06-23 17:55

    The ANC burns books because if people become educated they voted for the DA

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-06-23 17:55

    I am convinced we're governed by a bunch of foreigners who have no feel or love for this country and its people. They only seem intent on feeding their own greed whilst in power.

  • alf.pop - 2012-06-23 17:58

    "What kind of person or regime sanctions the destruction of books"? Answer: Illiterate and arrogant idiots! The books being destroyed might not meet the standards set by government (count your fingers - count your toes!)because no money changed hands. Therefore they must be destroyed. Now that our president is back, why does he not spearhead an investigation into the matter and take honest Mac with to give him pointers to wach out for when it comes to "procedural payments".

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-06-23 18:27

    Easy to explain. No responsability sence, no brains,no managment skills, and totaly uneducated. Another official for the big pay, and no love for the country or its people. Empty headed, animals.

  • Herman Fourie - 2012-06-23 18:27

    Whenever they are burning books, surely they will be burning human beings...Heindrich Heine 1823...'nough said!

  • Motho - 2012-06-23 18:28

    DA is right that minister must give a valid explaination or otherwise resign from the Basic Education Ministry!

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-23 19:06

      @Motho, rather call it the depoartment of non education, because that is exactly what they are, they not educating the children, but rather undecuating them!

  • david.pearson.5836 - 2012-06-23 18:38

    How can you expect her to jump ship? she can't swim or take responsibility.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-23 19:07

      @Davis, yes we want her to jump ship, that way the stupid bitch will die a stupid death!

      Juan - 2012-06-23 19:22

      Besides she's too fat to be able to jump, kick start a Boeing maybe yes....

  • Mluleki Simelane - 2012-06-23 18:42

    It's time for her to go

  • david.pearson.5836 - 2012-06-23 18:43

    How can you expect her to jump ship? she can't swim or take responsibility.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-06-23 18:55

    Motshekga, jumping ship implies leaving a situation that requires your presence, we would like you and your ilk to walk the plank.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-06-23 18:55

    Motshekga, jumping ship implies leaving a situation that requires your presence, we would like you and your ilk to walk the plank.

  • KCorsar - 2012-06-23 19:01

    Disgraceful! If nothing comes of this from the Executive then SA has failed in electing a Government capable of running the country, the people who voted the ANC into power have only themselves to blame for are now 'SNAFU' when it comes to ability of government (local or national) to deliver.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-23 19:01

    In Your face proof that the anc is deliberately withholding education from its people. Incompetence? Maybe they would like us to think so. The anc's lakeys are being hoodwinked. Open Your eyes people?

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-06-23 19:03

    This is shocking and above all very disgusting, What axactly ANC is trying to do? Motshekga must go, if Zuma does not suck this woman, this chaos will never stop, she even sound like she is stubborn and arrogant old woman,

  • scnzama - 2012-06-23 19:09

    Zuma my homeboy,you are a real flop

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-06-23 19:10

    Hitler burnt thousands of books before the 2nd world war, made big bonfires with them.

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-06-23 19:10

    Hitler burnt thousands of books before the 2nd world war, made big bonfires with them.

  • lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-06-23 19:25

    This is a disgrace, somebody got a tender to burn books. This Angie needs to be fired asap yes Zuma, fired not to be redeployed somewhere else.

      Irene - 2012-06-24 03:11

      And who will replace her? Yet another incompetent cANCer cadre who has no qualification whatsoever to do the job.

  • Zahir - 2012-06-23 19:28

    The real reason for this mess was reported a few weeks back limpopo education dept spend R600 million on the tender spending R400 million more then the tender budget the tender also went to some ex official in the dept

  • Hayden Quin - 2012-06-23 19:29

    Frikken sad.

  • keratilwe.modiga - 2012-06-23 19:34

    Concerned citizens why waste your breath with this incompetent Minister is there any difference btw her and Zuma. Let them GO they hold everyone including children at Ransom

  • Zahir - 2012-06-23 20:19

    where is the ancyl on this bad mess they not bothered this is happening in limpopo there home town still stuck on we want our land

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-06-23 20:25

    keep them dumb..keep them blind. this is how we rule until Jesus come..

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-06-23 20:28

    The ANC should get rid of their God complex and start running a freaking country! Get off your ivory tower and start working for your MERC and own up to your position, stop pointing fingers your a joke!

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-06-23 20:31

    Inexcusable.......same thing happening in the E. Cape. Someone is lining their pockets as new textbooks are prescribed every year, just for the sake of it!!

  • Lorraine McDonogh - 2012-06-23 20:50

    How do we get this message to those who are being deprived of the truth? The majority of the people in the land have no access to what is being said here - good or bad. If each one of us on this comment forum would tell one or two people each day about what is happening, and ask these to tell one or two others, at least we will have made some impact for the next election of ongoing corruption. We have to find the way to inform the uninformed about the truth of their non- leaders. Any ideas will be welcome. Any one person who can help one other to see the facts and then vote for liberty through voting for any of the opposition parties. We do not need a majority government . We just need to break the back of this majority, bull-dozing political joke that is willing to see South Africa reduced to poverty. For this we need to pray, and that, fervently!

  • mkhuseli.njamela - 2012-06-23 20:56

    This beautiful lady is arrogant like her boyfriend Mathole ha ha ha...

  • mkhuseli.njamela - 2012-06-23 21:04

    African National Crisis doesn't like education more especial for Limpopo and Eastern Cape, Kwazunatal is a holy cow because of mr zulu boy and his mtshini wakhe

  • mkhuseli.njamela - 2012-06-23 21:05

    African National Crisis doesn't like education more especial for Limpopo and Eastern Cape, Kwazunatal is a holy cow because of mr zulu boy and his mtshini wakhe

  • Harold - 2012-06-23 21:19

    Cash flow and administrative problems = stolen money and stupid clerical staff.= ANC cadre deployment

  • SLVimbani - 2012-06-23 22:11

    The Day ya'll decide to stop playing Politics and start working towards building a country is the Day you clowns will see that there are people out there who are really suffering while you are busy cruising in ur Luxury vehicles-DA \offered\ to deliver the Textbooks because they were \concerned\ about the kids but they didn't-when there's a crisis,whose got time to offer assistance?U just help and get the approval and applause later-Thanks to UTI we were saved from the DA and ANC fighting over the acceptance and rejection of help!Thank You UTI-by the way,Nobody would opt to burn textbooks at such a time-I'm no ANC fan but I'm no fool either,This is Sabotage I tell U

      Robin - 2012-06-23 22:48

      The Anc sabotaging Limpopo children's education. Study hard and you can also cruise in a luxury vehicle

      Irene - 2012-06-24 03:14

      Oh boy another American Gangsta wannabe.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-23 22:44

    Please Madam Minister, why did your department dump perfectly good text books?

  • Ken - 2012-06-23 23:07

    I think Angie's favourite song must be Pink Floyd's Another brick in the Wall, which has the line, "We don't need no education..."

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-06-24 00:02

    This is very sad! The MEC must be FIRED because he won't resign!

  • Billy - 2012-06-24 02:01

    DA. Please check who is on the recieving end of the purchases for new textbooks and stationery. either that, or they literally want to keep the people of the country stupid. that to me is treason.

  • anton.henke.39 - 2012-06-24 04:54

    i see no comments from anc members about the great move by their minister or can they not read

  • billidp - 2012-06-24 08:09

    Maybe if she won't jump ship it is time she was made to "walk the plank"?

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-24 08:18

    THEY are. Incompetent people and refuse to realise it.Blame it on something or someone else.The only explaination one will hear is lies,lies and more lies-It is a culture in this f**ked country that useless people have destroyed.It is about putting people into jobs way beyond the borders of their capabilities just because of their colour.Nothing surprises me anymore what these clowns do.