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Textbook crisis: ANC looking at facts

2012-07-25 18:37

Johannesburg - The ANC's national executive committee will study a report on the Limpopo textbook saga, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday.

He said the African National Congress would also look at the under-performance of municipalities during its NEC lekgotla, which begins this week.

"Obviously, we will be forced (at the lekgotla) to look into the issues of education today. The NEC will look into the Limpopo textbook debacle and the intervention in the Eastern Cape," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.

"What is important to me [about the Limpopo report] is that it helped us to take ourselves out of the situation, and the hullabaloo that is at a public level, and into a situation where we can look at the matter on a more factual basis."

He said it would help the party to think about the saga without "emotion or sentimentality".

"If you had only taken information from public announcements, I'm sure you would have heard Cosatu [Congress of SA Trade Unions] general secretary [Zwelinzima Vavi] saying expel that minister and expel so and so," he said.

"We should not make a decision on that basis."

The report by former education director general Mary Metcalfe was compiled in response to the department's assertion that 98% of textbooks were delivered to Limpopo pupils, after schools had been without books for seven months.

It found that despite the extended date for the delivery of textbooks - 27 June - the department's assertion that 98% of the books were delivered was incorrect.

Mantashe said the party was "lucky" to have the report by Auditor General Terence Nombembe on the finances of local government before it held its lekgotla.

"We will pay attention to that report," he said.

The report revealed that only 5% of municipalities received clean audits while none of the metros received clean audits.

Cadre deployment not to blame

Mantashe said the poor performances could not be blamed on the ANC's policy of cadre deployment but instead on "wrong deployment".

"Opponents of cadre deployment confuse cadre development and wrong deployment - it is not the same thing," he said.

"As the ANC... when we deploy a person it should not be [based on] either [their] competency or loyalty. It should be a combination. If people are deployed to a position, they must meet the requirements of that position."

He said people should stop thinking of being a cadre as a "sin".

"If you are a political leader and you appoint dwarfs, you are actually pulling yourself down. If you appoint giants around you, you know that you can stand on the shoulders of giants," Mantashe said.

He said the NEC would discuss more ways of dealing with youth unemployment during the lekgotla.

"When we talk of more jobs and decent work... we can't escape the question of challenges facing young people. The reality of the matter is that... we have [always] said that we cannot just focus on a wage subsidy," he said.

"There is not [just] one solution that can resolve the question of youth unemployment. We should look at all the conclusions and a combination of them. That is our approach."

He said the party would focus on recommendations on mining made during its policy conference.

"I know that there is agreement [in the party] that wholesale nationalisation will not work. I [also] know that there is agreement that there must be bolder state intervention and state participation in the economy."

The party would also discuss health, rural development and the fight against crime and corruption during the lekgotla.

It would be held from 26 to 28 July at the St George's Hotel, near Pretoria.

Comments
  • tobydt - 2012-07-25 18:44

    LOL, another ANC lekgotla? Man, its like they have these once a month. Quite obvious that NOTHING happens after these meet n greets.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-25 18:56

      They wouldn't recognize a fact if it crawled up their nose.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-25 19:24

      Fact of the matter is that the ANC is 100 incompetent !!

      olip.vanwonders - 2012-07-25 19:32

      Yeah, talks about talks, or negotiations about negotiations. Retractor mentality, always around the same point but no one can think outside their own radius.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-07-25 19:56

      Yes, typical response from the ANC to a problem. First ignore the problem. Then deny that there is a problem. Then, ignore public outcry. Then make a statement that the ANC identified a potential problem. Then announce that a commission will be appointed. Then, apply mind on constituents of commission. Then appoint unsuitable Cadres. Then remove, and re-appoint. Then drag out commission. Then apply mind to commission findings. Then ignore findings. Then get taken to court, through the whole appeal process. Then....what the hell.....nothing.....ANCther waste of time, tax payers money, etc

      art5SA - 2012-07-25 21:13

      Would not recognise THE FACTS if it hit them in the FACE!

      mihaip007 - 2012-07-26 02:50

      they have quite a lot to discuss: 1. Textbooks 2. Police Saga 3. Corruption levels 4. Non-Clean audits 5. Unemploymnet 6. Health 7. Education 8. High number of deaths on the roads 9. Service Delivery and protest 10. nonsense with this Shabik and the two police ex-commisioners 11. The plane saga 12. The matric pass-rates 13. The youth wage 14. The toilet saga (whatever happened to this one?) 15. etc etc etc All of the above - are all ANC-made and they blame all on the hundreds or 3000 years of past whatever (to quote the spear) All of the above are but a short-list : it is a sad state of affairs!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-25 18:46

    Stop "looking" at facts,stop hiring incompetant cadres,stop keeping people ignorant so they will vote for you because they know no better and start doing the jobs you are supposed to by uplifting and providing an acceptable education to all!!! Too many Lekgotlas with too many cadres and NO action!!! Shameful!

  • kaspaas.breekwater - 2012-07-25 18:50

    The only fact the ANC must look at, is that they are useless.

  • markjack.deppe - 2012-07-25 19:03

    Can somebody please tell me how much the taxpayer now again have to fork out for this lekgotla?? Why do you still have to discuss the textbook saga when you know who and what the problem is?? Fire the whole bunch of incompetent cadres because that is what they are. Clearly Mr. Mantashe is trying to sugarcoat the cadre deployment aspect. After 18 years you again want to hold lekgotlas?? what is the purpose Mr Mantashe??

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-25 19:09

    THEY will just look...because THEY can't read....

      Klaus - 2012-07-25 19:43

      Any book, as long it has lots of pictures

  • morne.demeillon - 2012-07-25 19:23

    The fact is in the fat! Lazy bunch, thats what it is!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-25 19:39

    That's the anc's problem....it's all talk and NO action....we are mere citizens...but we can tell you what happened....incompetence = FIRE THE MINISTER....but it will be this time next year before they find out what happened.

      Klaus - 2012-07-25 19:49

      In the cANCer scheme its all could , should , would - never ever we will & shall achieve -the following time line applies.......Equally stupid cadres cannot be seen to be different in any way

      art5SA - 2012-07-25 21:15

      Fire the MINISTER AND THE LIMPOPO PREMIER.... Hell... FIRE THE WHOLE OF THE ANC... then there will be NO MORE PROBLEMS!!!!!

  • robin.mcdee.73 - 2012-07-25 19:50

    "..Textbook crisis: ANC looking at facts.." It's no use looking at the facts - you should be DOING something about the facts !

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-07-25 19:52

    Just look at him and you will understand the root of the problem.

      art5SA - 2012-07-25 21:15

      Is it the "LENGTH" of his nose... or the LACK OF IT?

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-07-25 20:08

    the fact is this - the anc cannot be trusted to do anything right. Time to give up and give the country to someone who knows what they are doing.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-25 20:12

    \Obviously, we will be forced (at the lekgotla) to look into the issues of education today.\r\nWhy they being forced into it? So that means they didn't really care then. Keep the nation dumb so they will keep voting your way. Well that's what u get when u keep voting ANC.......

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-25 21:34

      I noticed that 'forced' into looking at it. These guys have an air of arrogance about them especially that Gwede Mantashe.

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-07-25 20:28

    Another lekgotla that will generate a whole lot of hot air. Lekgotla to state the obvious but nobody will be held accountable and nobody will loose their job for non performance or irregular tenders. But if one of those cadres just questions the leadership, he/she will be out in the cold.

  • prieurp34 - 2012-07-25 20:37

    I think its better to employ Dwarfs with brains than Giants who has no clue what they are doing, remember, the bigger you are, the harder you fall! The ANC will never take the blame for their mistakes and for employing incompetent leaders who can not perform their duties properly or is under qualified for the posotion they hold! Its a disgrace, I mean, even parlement has been reshuffled 3 times in 5 years, that says it all! The ANC will never learn, keep making the same mistakes over and over and after being in power for the next 50 years they will still blame apartheid, never themselves, never!

  • Erna - 2012-07-25 20:40

    Talk, talk, talk. Its what you do that matters. Take responsibility for all the problems you have caused for a change.

  • thulasizweb.m - 2012-07-25 21:01

    You better act very quickly comrade....

  • thandazab - 2012-07-25 21:13

    Never have I ever heard the Anc during a crisis come out and say \ We had a problem and dis is what we did to sort it out\ its always we are STILL GOING TO probe, talk about, debate, look into! N u never really get to hear the solution at the end which means they don't do anything. Or maybe I just don't read or listen to the News enough.

      justin.massyn - 2012-07-25 21:35

      You are so right, they have mastered (sic) the art of sounding busy, but alas, they too have mastered the art of doing flokol about it. Sounds real impressive the whole story above, pity that's where it ends.

  • theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-25 22:51

    "If you are a political leader and you appoint dwarfs, you are actually pulling yourself down. If you appoint giants around you, you know that you can stand on the shoulders of giants," Mantashe said. OMG - is this for real !!!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-07-26 06:56

    Talk and no action is the ANC motto, after the lekgotla will there be real progress. Time will tell.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-07-26 11:39

    Mantashe if you say the poor performances could not be blamed on the ANC's policy of cadre deployment but instead on "wrong deployment", does the corrupt ANC deploy them to make money for the ANC & its clowns first?

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-27 18:18

    A bit late isn't it boys..... The damage has been done and can not be recovered...

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-07-30 18:24

    gwede i use to respect u a lot but now i can c how useless u are.these is obvious the minister knows everything and she failed to act.what is lekgotla going to discuss?a hell waste of money and time,plan how can u fool us again

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-07-30 18:24

    gwede i use to respect u a lot but now i can c how useless u are.these is obvious the minister knows everything and she failed to act.what is lekgotla going to discuss?a hell waste of money and time,plan how can u fool us again

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