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Sweeping probe into EduSolutions

2012-08-05 18:30

Johannesburg - The Hawks and the State ­Security Agency have launched a wide-ranging investigation into ­EduSolutions, the controversial company supplying textbooks to at least four provincial education departments.

Two independent sources have confirmed to City Press that the Hawks investigation centres on how EduSolutions obtained their textbook contract in Limpopo.

City Press has also been told that the SSA is probing transactions allegedly made by Shaun Battlemann, founder of EduSolutions, ­involving millions of rands from South Africa to Dubai.

EduSolutions, whose contract to procure and supply books to Limpopo was cut earlier this year, is being investigated by three separate task teams – ­including one appointed by President Jacob ­Zuma.

The presidential task team, which is headed by deputy ­finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, called in the SSA after it received information about the ­alleged international transfer of funds, sources said.

Battlemann, the politically connected kingpin of a multibillion-rand empire called African Access Holdings, which was built largely on massive state tenders, frequently travels to ­Dubai.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela said the task team was investigating several ­departments in Limpopo.

“It’s too early to give names of government officials and ­directors of private companies who are the subject of investigations,” Polela said.

SSA spokesperson Brian Dube would not elaborate on the agency’s probe, but said: “The State Security Agency does have a mandate to work with other law enforcement agencies in fighting organised crime and corruption.”

Treasury spokesperson ­Phumza Macanda referred City Press to the presidency, which did not ­respond to requests for comment.

Battlemann, through his ­lawyer, denied that he had transferred such large amounts to Dubai, and said the allegations were not true and that City Press had been ­“misled”.

He said he was co-operating fully with representatives from the task team and added that it was “critical for government and for society to know and understand the causes of the non-delivery and delay in delivering textbooks and other material to schools in Limpopo”.

The presidential task team is working closely with the Special Investigating Unit investigating more than 20 Limpopo government officials over alleged irregularities in textbook and other educational tenders worth ­hundreds of millions of rands.

The task team is due to report back to Zuma in the next two weeks.

Its findings could result in Basic Education Minister ­Angie Motshekga being removed from office.

Comments
  • ianon.ym - 2012-08-05 18:43

    Unless heads roll - this probe will be a waste of time.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-08-05 19:06

      Just hope they look a little bit deeper, who receive the kickbacks

      michael.bushes - 2012-08-05 19:26

      Agreed 120%. Remember, its Verwoerd's fault, because the black south african is to perfect and cant make mistakes

      steve.dupreez - 2012-08-05 19:27

      Heads will roll, that's a fact, but the main culprets (old Angie) will not be touched. Poor bloody scapegoats, always the fodder for the asskissers!

      rbphiri - 2012-08-05 19:52

      This probe is as useful as a used condom or my mother in law in the kitchen. To some oracle extent I feel this probe will not address or solve the issue in its entirety. We all know that Angie will remain firmly in her position as Zuma needs her and the ANCWL for votes in Manguang. So how do we solve this rubix cube of a problem??? Well ladies and gentlemen...it's simple...just simple exercise your democratic rights rationally and change is inevitable. Don't get me wrong the ANC back in the days had the people's interest at heart, but now it's just a bunch of cash cow capitalist grazing on taxpayer pastures. What's also ironic is the SACP, they celebrating their 91st anniversary today and their newly elected chairman, Senzeni Zokwana,is quoted saying that the party has intentions of leading the country once it gains strength. They trying to establish a communist state...but in all irony these are people with fancy flashy sports cars. 1989 is considered a watershed moment with the fall of communism and here, at home, SACP still insists on the idea...Is communism really relevant in this day and age??? Them leading the country is merely a wetdream...keep piggy backing on the ANC.

      alf.pop - 2012-08-05 20:20

      I like the headline "Sweeping probe....." Who will do the sweeping?

      Squeegee - 2012-08-05 20:40

      Like the SARS and HAWKS" sweeping investigation into Juju. What will happen? Will the Edusolutions staff get a free trip to London?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 22:25

      @alf - I'd be more worried about the probing:)

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-06 08:05

      connected ANC caders will be protected, they will crusify the contractors , useless, incompetent & corrupt govt officials will be promoted

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-08-06 08:19

      They already have virtual solution, there is virtually no textbooks, no teachers and no classrooms

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 18:45

    So, no investigation as to why there was a need for EduSolutions in the 1st place. Many schools and entire Provinces manage to procure their supplies direct - why were these provinces & schools singled-out for a different model?

  • jannie.beirowski - 2012-08-05 19:04

    "It is critical for government and for society to know and understand the causes of the non-delivery and delay in delivering textbooks and other material to schools in Limpopo." I do think we know the causes for the non-delivery! Understanding it may be beyond our IQ unless we are fully trained to understand the criminal minds of people that forfeit the interests of our future, our children.

      louise.cook.127 - 2012-08-05 20:49

      "causes of non-delivery" should read "excuses" for non-delivery! Why is the basic education department relying on and paying millions to and outside company anyway? Surely if can deliver itself - that's of course ONLY if it takes education of the youth seriously.

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-05 19:10

    We PAY hard-earned tax to non-performing government staff. These non-performing individuals then appoint 3rd party consultants/contractors to do the work on their behalf, wasting our taxes without thought or fear. I suspect the situation is so bad that these individuals can't even go to the toilet without a consultant holding their hand (or whatever).

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 19:18

    Apologies if N24 has covered this but we do need some good news stories. Here's one principal with principles :). http://www.citypress.co.za/SouthAfrica/News/No-textbooks-no-problem-principal-20120728

  • luyolo.makalima - 2012-08-05 19:19

    the investigations are just for show ,nothing will happen to them ..Big cover-up on the horizons,for all we know zuma might be chasing his tail

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-08-05 19:25

    Go and have a look at the web site of tthe holding company -African access. http://www.africanaccessholdings.com Good BEE credentials and exploiting government tenders. I wonder if they have any private sector clients?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-05 20:04

      I seriously doubt they have any private sector clients. There is no way they could survive in the 'real' world. Did you also notice all those fictitious awards on their website? Never heard of any of them!

  • tumelo.mabua - 2012-08-05 19:43

    And it took seven months to make the decision!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-05 20:05

      When you're as backward as cANCer is, it takes a really long time to 'apply the mind'.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-06 08:40

      yea, they had to cover their tracks before the investigation, its just a move to try & regain some credibility, they have no intention of arresting the real crooks, ANC thieving cadres

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-08-05 19:57

    why evrythng is taking tyme to investigate in limpopo?

  • johan.vermeulen.127 - 2012-08-05 19:58

    “The State Security Agency does have a mandate to work with other law enforcement agencies in fighting organised crime and corruption - Should probably read as follows: “The State Security Agency does have a mandate to work with other law enforcement agencies to intimidate, probe and prosecute all opposition organisations intent on exposing organised crime and corruption comitted by any government official.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 20:39

    Thanks N24 we can take it from here. Sweeping probe will take 2 years at the end of which no one person will be found responsible. There will be a statement about breakdowns and failures in processes and procedures and an announcement of yet another layer of bureaucracy to prevent this from happening again. EduSolutions will file for insolvency whilst its owners will transmorgify into some new company - probably building roads or running eTolls. ­Angie Motshekga will become the Mini-stress of Health. Meanwhile another 14 000 students will be awarded their Gr12 by default under the pass one-pass all system. Many will be stonily upset at being turned away by tertiary education centres. More than half will join the endless queue for govt grants. Many will enter a life of organised (and disorganised) crime, become addicted to drugs, acquire deadly illnesses, have children they cannot support and die an early death. All this suffering, torment, incredible waste, just because you *will* not do what you're hired to do.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-06 02:51

      And many will become anc polititions

  • louise.cook.127 - 2012-08-05 20:50

    NO MORE TAX! Government can't spend it wisely!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-06 06:45

    Unless there gonna be arrests with time served and money reclaimed, they just wasting their time and more money.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-06 07:35

    Probe probe you can probe all you like its just away of government covering up her job and drawing out the real issue. Even if the find a problem with edusolutions the REAL problem still rests with the minister. Miss arrogance was too busy with the spear saga and she is trying to get zuma all the votes she can, so she has not been doing her job she was given to do. It is up to her to see that the wheel is turning, instead was fiddling somewhere else. Miss arrogant angie, its time for you to go, if you dont the ANCYL going to make you prezzie's a laughing stock of the nation.

  • gghtssmop - 2012-08-06 08:33

    We all know that EduSolution is linked to Zuma

  • Amanda - 2012-08-06 15:36

    Millions of Rands from S.A. to Dubai struck a chord with me. So our tenderpreneurs are getting their ill gotten gains out quick! Seems like Dubai is going to be the next "Sunny place for shady characters".

  • Anelisa - 2012-08-07 00:03

    This whole investigation is a waste of time, money and resources. No one will be held responsible in the end because 'someone(s)' are cashhing in on it.... We tired of government and their shady scandals and when things are out in the open they act all concerned. And then after a couple of weeks the story has died down and forgotten about !

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