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DA wants thorough textbooks probe

2012-07-04 18:24

Johannesburg - The Limpopo textbooks saga has to be thoroughly probed, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday.

It also called on the commissions looking into the delivery problems to leave politics out of their investigations.

Three investigations are being conducted.

The basic education department has ordered a probe by former Gauteng education MEC Mary Metcalfe; President Jacob Zuma has established a national task team; and the Limpopo government has set up its own task team.

The terms of reference of the task teams had to be clear, Democratic Alliance basic education spokesperson Annette Lovemore said on Wednesday.

"The teams established to investigate the textbook crisis must identify the causes of the debacle and [this must] not be allowed to degenerate into an exercise of shifting blame to save political face," she said.

"The DA welcomes any investigations into this crisis. The investigations must ensure accountability for wrongdoing, and all parties need to learn from mistakes so that they are never repeated again."

Lovemore said the teams' terms of reference should include a probe into the awarding of all education tenders in Limpopo, especially those granted to the companies EduSolutions and Lebone.

"A thorough and credible investigation must be conducted soon to ensure that textbooks are delivered on schedule for the 2013 academic year," she said.

Lovemore said she intended writing to portfolio committee on basic education chair Hope Malgas asking that the teams' terms of reference be tabled at the committee and that they provide regular feedback on their progress.

Comments
  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-04 18:57

    Angie must go klaar

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-04 21:27

      What I honestly don't understand is the fact that the masses could rise within one week and demand rectification of the "Spear" saga. WHY DON'T THE MASSES RISE AND DEMAND ANGIE'S HEAD and every one else that have anything to do with the "Text book" disaster. Not only is the Government and the ANC failing our children... BUT ALSO THE MASSES !!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-04 19:02

    Of coarse they will think up some excuse for the ministers negligence..and because the anc protect their ministers who don't perform...IT is exactly why every government department is in the state they are. WEAK PRESIDENT...HE SHOULD BE FIRM WITH NON PERFORMERS.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-04 19:12

    Motshekga and Cassel Mathale must go.Limpopo needs a change of everything.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-04 19:30

    3 task teams = 3 possible outcomes. Insane - why don't they consolidate them into one and do a thorough investigation without tripping over each other?

      smili.fication - 2012-07-04 19:36

      Nope, they will all come out with the same results! NOT OUR FUALT! CAREFULLY THOUGHT OUT IN SOME BACKROOM AT LUTHULI HOUSE :(

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-07-04 19:33

    Angie you be probed, good and proper!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-04 20:55

      Charnelle, you possess a great command of the English language. Your comment has not passed over this head, unappreciated.

  • rolls.rolly - 2012-07-16 19:40

    the dept of education failed,but i was suprised when the D.A offered help in delivering the books,it seems to me they know somethin,the D.A is doin everythin to make the ANC look bad.There are problems in the ANC government but the D.A is deeply involved in this,they are actin lyk they are there to help but the truth is that they are part of the problem.watch the space............

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