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Zuma Edusolutions link baseless: Maharaj

2012-07-09 12:05

Johannesburg - Attempts to link Edusolutions, the company contracted to deliver textbooks in Limpopo, to President Jacob Zuma's RDP Education Trust, were baseless and unfortunate, the presidency said on Monday.

"Many companies donate to charitable organisations in South Africa, including the president's education trust," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"Donors do not have any preferential treatment with regards to government tenders or any other state business."

Neither were they exempt from being investigated if the need arose.

"They are treated like any other company by government departments."

The contract between the Limpopo education department and Edusolutions was terminated after an investigation into the company by Treasury and other agencies started in December last year.

After the contract was terminated, new means for textbook delivery had to be sought, Maharaj said. He said Zuma had full confidence in the investigation.

Hidden textbooks


Former Vlakplaas commander Dirk Coetzee was quoted in Sunday's City Press newspaper saying he personally introduced Zuma to Edusolutions founder Shaun Battlemann.

He said Battlemann "championed" Zuma's RDP Trust, and Battlemann visited Zuma at his estate in Nkandla.

Coetzee, who worked for the company as a security consultant, alleged textbooks were hidden in a warehouse instead of being delivered.

Battlemann also allegedly had a business relationship with a former education department director, guaranteeing him government contracts, and Edusolutions influenced education officials in various provinces.

In May this year, the North Gauteng High Court ruled the department's failure to provide textbooks to schools in Limpopo violated the Constitution. The application was brought by rights organisation Section 27.

Investigation

Some pupils had been without textbooks for the past six months after the department failed to procure books on time.

The department was ordered to devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of the delay, and to supply the affected schools with textbooks by June 15.

The department failed to meet the court's deadline, but Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said her department met with Section 27 and agreed to move the deadline to June 27.

The minister said the department had accepted an offer from a company called UTI to help them deliver the books.

Former Higher Education director general Mary Metcalfe was appointed at the end of June to evaluate textbook deliveries to schools in Limpopo following the June 27 deadline.

Both the department and Section 27 agreed to appoint an independent person to verify claims.

Two more teams were set up on Wednesday to probe problems with textbook deliveries in the province. One was appointed by the presidency, the second by the Limpopo government.

Parliament's portfolio committee on basic education visited Limpopo on Thursday to gather information on the matter.

The national education department took over the running of Limpopo's education department in December following maladministration.

Comments
  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-07-09 12:08

    You cannot expect a rat to make cheese!!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-09 12:11

      Our Zipper Zuma is blameless. Never even a hint of corruption, nepotism, sexism or any other ism. Hahahaha.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-09 12:23

      A simple google on Edusolutions is very informative! Sorry Mac - you are being sparing with the truth. How very uncharacteristic of you ....

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-09 12:26

      Yip any statement issued by the ANC is BS!!! No matter how much proof there is of the opposite stupid ignorant fools will lap it up and they know it!

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-09 13:44

      Muedes Have you not seen the size of the carpet in Lethuli house? Malema had to vacate his office so they could fit more rug in there!

      Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-07-09 20:36

      Ha ha ha ha ha it just never stops hey. I bet you if you dig nice and deep and evidence doesn't mysteriously disappear, you will find that he is involved and they are covering it up again, so that the dumb voters won't stop voting. Just like what happen when suddenly there was no evidence to convict him of rape and of fraud and corruption, wow this guy is goooooood man

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-09 12:13

    The ANC's motto : Deny Deny Deny

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-09 12:20

      Well, now they did admit they knew about the mess in Limpopo in Dec and it still took them 6 months to deliver text books... Shows that even when they know what the problem is, they can't manage to solve it...

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-09 13:05

      Well John... it took them six months to try and work out how to blame apartheid, as Vavi just did...

  • musamuskid - 2012-07-09 12:17

    Eish... So but u do know the EduSolution Boss but ther is no link right?

  • raath - 2012-07-09 12:17

    Mac, I am sorry, I just can't believe you any more. Any communication or press-release from the ANC or the presidency, are mere hot air PR-friendly comments. No facts.

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-07-09 12:18

    He looks like a praying mantis..

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-09 12:28

      Actually its more like a parasitic worm.

  • cj.venter - 2012-07-09 12:37

    the only thing we can hope to achieve where masses will kill for zuma is to give them a quality form of eduction so they can question their leaders more effectively and in the process choose the right person for the job.

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-09 18:24

      @CJ, that will take another 100 years my friend. Can we, the taxpaying citizens of this country not lay a collective charge against this piece of rubish called Zuma and all those in govament? I mean, we will pay the legal bill and the court must hear our case. The proof is there and I do not see a reason why the SA citizens can not successfully prosecute these corrupt bastards. We will tell the court to lock them up until all investigations are complete, there must be no bail and the independant investigators, i.e FBI OR Scotland Yard should complete the investigations within a month and unhindered. I am really getting tired of working my ass off and these excuses of human beings continue to steal and get away with it. I think we are ready for a Libiya type of revolution! The difference here is to shoot these useless govament on site! No questions ask!

  • johnnie.vercuil - 2012-07-09 12:39

    Yes Mr. Maharaj, you must not forget to say the wrong words, you might lose your work

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-07-09 12:59

    Mac should get his own spin doctor because when Zuma is gone so will he be. Who believes a single word this guy has to say, he embarrasses himself and the president (not that he can add any more insult), but by associating himself he makes a fool of himself.

  • Marco - 2012-07-09 13:04

    i believe him ,goddammit!

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-09 13:18

    Mac,Juliarse said the same thing before a full expose was done by City Press. I hope City Press is digging and your lies are exposed sooner too. In the meantime, how about suing Dirk Coetsee for defamation instead of these flippant BARE DENIALS?

  • buzzardfrey - 2012-07-09 13:28

    Cry the beloved country! Zimbabwe, here we come!

  • Irene - 2012-07-09 13:43

    A rattlesnake has more credibility than Mac and cANCer!

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-09 14:00

      Mac should go an wipe his bean curry ass hes just another skelm like schaik , put the chilli powder and all bla blla bla bla

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-09 15:15

      Mac has really turned lying into a professional art form. He can speak so convincingly in the face of damning evidence proving the contrary of what he is saying. Suppose criminals stick together

  • Clive - 2012-07-09 14:04

    Never forget that Maharaj's paid job is to lie for Zuma.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-09 14:21

      Zuma seems to be pretty well accomplished in the art on his own initiative .... he doesn't need a prompt when it comes to telling lies, Clive. It's the one thing our august President is actually good at.

  • Clive - 2012-07-09 15:48

    Macky, don't be so quick with the answers, you were not there. Like Thabo use to say, 'it's only perceptions'. You may end up in court together with your buddy and you might just be the one crying like the shaky, not Shabeer or Chippy, the other one.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-07-09 15:52

    Instead of drawing Zuma's spear can't we rather draw him with a Pinocchio nose. I think that will be bigger than the spear

  • james.m.wood.773 - 2012-07-09 17:06

    "Donors do not have any preferential treatment with regards to government tenders or any other state business." ahahahahahahah ja right, fortunately I don't have an eastern cape (no offence intended to otherwise intellegent EC dwellers) or Limpopo (again no offence) education so reading through the lines all I read is "eish no but I deny evryting"

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-09 17:16

    "Zuma Edusolutions link baseless: Maharaj" It was a linked exit. Several sequential formations followed. Wave-off at Mangaung.

  • Izolohsm - 2012-07-09 22:34

    The same was said about Shaik and we all know what happened. This dude needs to find new friends, sober ones at that!

  • imraan.moosa.794 - 2012-07-10 00:21

    It takes a white person to deliver justice to poor oppressed black people. The lawyer for section 27 the NGO that fought for the poor black kids deserves a pat on the shoulder. My grandfather always told me, "the black man will sell his mother for a rand. He could care less about his own kind. All he thinks about is himself. The black man is a very selfish and ignorant." Today I see the foresight of his words. I wouldn't even do what the elite blacks do these poor children to the children of my enemy. But the very same abused ignorant poor will still ad nauseam vote these bastards to power to abuse them over and over again.

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