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DA wants textbook report made public

2012-09-11 17:17

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."

Comments
  • ben.rootman.3 - 2012-09-11 17:29

    It is obvious!

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-11 17:30

    I hate saying this because white people like hearing blacks saying this.But DA is right on this one.Zuma is shielding Angie Motshega,something is fishy here and JZ doesn't want to disclose it. Is because she is a woman and JZ loves women? Well the truth will prevail eventually?

      jacobus.m.vantonder - 2012-09-11 17:48

      No mkhindana.peter, there are some of the white people that wants the kids, our future, to be looked after, it's not about race or politics it's about the education for kids, that's the most important and it's not about a black, coloured, indian or white kid but mostly education...

      mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-11 20:11

      @Sibulele.Race has everything to do with everything in S.A.Don't u know that whites enjoy it each time we blacks admit that DA is correct but when ANC is correct,Whites will never ever admit infact they'll critisize it even more. Are you dumb or blind?

      konfab - 2012-09-12 09:01

      Your words feed me :D

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-11 17:43

    Well I've yet to see Zuma do anything so I'm not surprised that he hasn't tackled this problem and I don't expect he ever will

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 19:10

      He needs to 'apply his mind' and we all know that he doesn't have one.

  • kobus.laubscher.3 - 2012-09-11 18:07

    His is probably buying time in order to rewrite the report to look more acceptable. This is what happened to the arm deal report and many others.

  • david.makola.3 - 2012-09-11 20:04

    He probably has not looked at the report yet. He's too busy trying to figure out who to court next

  • zikhona3 - 2012-09-12 08:15

    Zuma please take decision don't be coward as you normal be. I believe Zuma is not a leader he is just a chance take with no vision for the benefit of South African.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-04 17:58

    They know if the report is made public-heads will roll!They are going to try and stall this till elections as I think it contains some very damaging info!

  • jason.marshall.1804 - 2012-10-05 23:00

    The problem is that nobody knows what is going on. From the President right down to the person who was supposed to order actual textbooks. Isn't it clear that nothing has been done!!! “Sorry mam, I forgot my assignment at home so I cannot show it to you right now...”

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