Leaked report damns Motshekga

2012-07-26 07:26
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga (File, City Press)

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga (File, City Press)

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Johannesburg - A leaked report by the Limpopo education department reveals that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga knew in 2011 that textbook funds were insufficient, according to a report on Thursday.

The Star reported that it was believed the document had been seen by the presidential task team looking into problems around textbook delivery in Limpopo.

According to the report, Motshekga was told on July 20 last year that the R633m allocated to textbooks and stationery in the budget was reduced to R372m. This happened four months before the department was put under national administration.

The cut was attributed to the department's need to pay occupation specific dispensation to employees.
Limpopo education spokesperson Pat Kgomo told the daily: "We met the minister several times, even in July last year, but I can't go into details of the meeting."

Motshekga's spokesperson, Hope Mokgathle, told The Star that the minister was powerless to avert the textbook crisis because section 100(1)(b) of the Constitution, which allows for the national executive to take responsibility for the troubled provincial departments, was not in effect at the time.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj told Sapa that he had been out of the country and would only be in a position later on Thursday to comment on whether the report was received by the presidential task team.

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