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Textbooks dumped for joyride

2012-08-19 14:30

Johannesburg - A Limpopo education official dumped textbooks meant to be delivered to schools so he could use a state vehicle for joyrides, according to Sunday's Rapport newspaper.

"He did it because he had to return to the warehouse with an empty vehicle," basic education department director general Bobby Soobrayan told Parliament on Tuesday.

In addition, a corrupt contractor, using an old letter from the provincial education department, went to schools to collect superfluous textbooks. These were then shredded. According to Soobrayan it was illegal to destroy state property.

"But the service provider continued shredding and burning the books."

The provincial department paid him according to the weight of books he collected.

Such contractors were a "generic problem", he said. Systems in Limpopo's education department had collapsed, and corruption and dubious contracts were merely one symptom of this, he said, according to Rapport.

Comments
  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-19 14:42

    Fire that A-hole and charge him with treason for sabotaging the state's future generations...

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-19 15:00

      Personal benefit outweighs public interest every time it seems...

      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-08-19 15:32

      I do agree that the only sensible response is to vote against the ANC. They will still win, but they will get a clear message that the free ride they've had over the past 20 years is over - they have to stop pretending to govern and actually do it, or get lost.

      daleinn - 2012-08-19 15:41

      Is Limpopo province for real? everything from corrupt officials to text book scandal, appears like everyone is on a joyride,and they even get paid for it!Another example of poor leadership in this country. Secondly couldnt the education department collect superflous books and donate them to much needed municipalities and other low line areas with books, instead of shredding them! Honestly , heads should roll in the education department.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-20 12:53

      I agree with you Alastair.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-19 14:53

    no sorry, the ANC is still to blame.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-19 15:09

    The mentality of our 'countrymen' is astounding. Beyond belief.

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-08-19 15:22

    It was still the leaders of the education dept. responsibility to make sure the books were delivered by a deadline. They can't dodge responsibility by blaming the lowes le vel driver.

      craig.king.7505 - 2012-08-19 16:16

      But my president said Hendrick Verwoerd was responsible. Perhaps we should dig him up and kill him again./sarc

  • hugo.lategan - 2012-08-19 15:23

    Remove this corrupt structure one stone at a time. The collapse is certain. Time to vote sensibly!

  • david.farmer.100 - 2012-08-19 15:25

    Stupid!!

  • andrew.martin.71619533 - 2012-08-19 15:41

    and while the anc continue to party and slap each others backs and compare merc's and bm's......suffer the children....continues....wish there was a way to inform the masses that vote for them....

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-19 15:41

    Just try doing this in China. Probably nothing will happen to the guy here.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-08-19 15:59

    He didnt join the struggle to deliver books.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-19 16:29

    I take it that Apartheid is to blame? Poor guy never had a vehicle, not permitted by those nasty white bosses - slaves must walk! Oh, that Verwoerd fellow has a lot to answer for! O K, that was fifty years ago, but, you know, it created a brutalized society, yes sir, that is it, a brutalized society, (sounds lekker nasty hey?) so people now suffer from it (ask the Arch, he'll tell you) so now they must burn books, and libraries and things like that, can't help themselves, you know, brutalized, you see? Ask mrs Gordimer, she'll confirm it. Yup, brutalized. Takes a long time to become unbrutalized, maybe thousand years. So, there you have it. Its not their fault. Its your fault.

  • mike.lindsay.391 - 2012-08-19 16:43

    And the Minister of Basic Education said "let them eat cake...."

  • alexander.lombard - 2012-08-19 17:54

    BOO! Weak explenation. Joyride excape goat wont have a team of people destroying evidence. I kind of defetes the purpose. GO FETCH GOVERNMENT!!!!

  • braamc - 2012-08-19 18:03

    A better life for all! Viva

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-08-19 18:14

    In the first place. You don't shred and burn old books! They can be donated to other African countries. Who authorized the contract to shred and burn these books and how much was that contract awarded for? Come on ANC! Wake up!

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-08-19 18:18

    Such contractors were a "generic problem" NO, the people in power that award these contracts are a GENERIC PROBLEM!!!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-19 18:34

    Whats new, ambulances have been used to transport furniture, they have been spotted outside Pick and Pay whereby somebody is loading groceries in the back. This is what happens.

  • jacques.h.kirchner - 2012-08-19 19:26

    Just when you thought you heard it all in this country, you get stunned by an article like this. This country will only take a turn for the better when all the useless a@@h@@@s gets fired!

  • aiazmir - 2012-08-19 20:49

    How dumb can the ANC be? Are we going to sit idly while our country is misgoverned and destroyed. You decide.

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-08-19 21:37

    I told you Kerrie - they were dumped!!!! This is where our taxes go - dumped on the side of the road.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-08-19 21:37

    Thank you Malema. Your legacy is growing

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-19 23:00

    Viva democracy without the ANC running the country

  • brionyl.french - 2012-08-20 06:37

    we need a whole new education department

      PB - 2012-08-20 11:00

      We need a whole new government even more

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-08-20 08:18

    And the rest of the country is not far behind Lompopo. Wait and see.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-08-20 11:03

    Our government is failing where it matters most. Corruption and Incompetence are rewarded. The lives of the citizens of this country are not improving. The policies mean absolutely nothing if there is no action.

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-20 11:29

    ha ha ha anc turd hole

  • Johnson - 2012-10-10 22:14

    Surley it is time for the community as a whole to stand up against the fruitless expenditure and wastage of government. Strike action brought Marikana mine worker their 12500 rand. Strike action against paying tax until this government will introduce systems of transparent procurement should be the way for every law abiding citizen of this country. Government claims pro - anti corruption but does little in the form of real action or counter measure to prevent this practice from continuing in our society - I am for strike action against tax who is with me on this.

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