DA wants textbook report made public

2012-09-11 17:17
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma must make public the report of the presidential task team on the Limpopo textbook saga, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

DA education spokesperson Annette Lovemore said Zuma "reportedly" received the report on 6 August.

She said this was confirmed by Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty in parliamentary questions on 29 August.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj could not immediately confirm whether Zuma had received the report.

"I do not have enough information at the moment to confirm that," he said.

On 30 July, the presidency confirmed it had received a preliminary report from the task team, which was appointed on 4 July.

Loveday said: "We also have yet to see the report or any action from the President to hold those responsible for the crisis to account."

She had written to the presidency asking that the report be tabled for discussion by the portfolio committee on basic education.

President Jacob Zuma needed to act on his undertaking to hold accountable those responsible for the textbook delays.

"The president must be transparent and not shield his loyal cadres, regardless of his precarious position in the run-up to Mangaung."

The Congress of the People's spokesperson on education Willie Madisha said on Tuesday that Zuma was "tight-lipped" about the Limpopo textbooks matter.

"The opportunity now exists for President Jacob Zuma to walk-the-talk and release a report of the Presidential Task Team, which has been sitting on his table [waiting] for consideration for a month," he said in a statement.

The public needed to know the what had caused the delays and what progress had been made on a catch-up plan.

"Cope therefore calls on the president to act expeditiously, because learners across the country are close to sitting for their final examinations."

- SAPA
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