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Zuma awaits final textbook report

2012-07-31 22:19

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is waiting for a final report on delays in delivering Limpopo textbooks, the presidency said on Tuesday.

"The president, having received a preliminary report, now awaits the final one from the presidential task team led by the deputy minister of finance, Mr Nhlanhla Nene," the presidency said in a statement.

Zuma was "prioritising the matter as education is an apex priority for government and also for the president personally".

The presidency said Zuma had directed that there be consequences for anyone found responsible for any wrongdoing in the late delivery of books.

Zuma had directed the education ministry to work with the National Treasury and Limpopo provincial government to ensure sufficient resources were available to ensure textbooks were delivered on time next year.

The Limpopo education department was placed under administration last year in terms of legislation allowing the national government to step in if a province did not fulfil its legal obligations.

This took place after the Limpopo government used up its overdraft of R7m and had tried to increase it to R1.7bn to pay salaries in November.

The presidency said there was no law on how the national government should intervene.

"To remedy the situation, government has introduced the monitoring, support and intervention bill to regulate the national interventions," the presidency said.

"The presidency and the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs are prioritising the finalisation of this crucial legislation as directed by the president early this month."

Zuma said that while this legislation was being finalised, a special protocol had to be developed to manage relations between the different spheres of government to ensure service delivery was not affected.

"The president will not rest until he gets to the bottom of the crisis and finds lasting solutions, working with his Cabinet who feel equally strongly about the need to ensure that this does not recur."

Comments
  • andre.webster.10 - 2012-07-31 22:31

    And then, Mr Spear? Are not you scared to fire your best buddies? Or is the story just going to fade away and the a--ehole got away with murder? I am waiting to hear the news for students sake.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-07-31 23:51

      Please be patient, shower-head is applying his mind........

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-08-01 06:55

      @Andre, he is applying his mind as to when he will spear her, if she is gud, then he will not fire her!

      shudusO - 2012-08-01 08:37

      Zuma or Zama...zoomer...what ever you call him...he is waiting for the report, Can't he be a leader and take his MoNeY, buy book and drive to limpopo delivering the books needed?...For Limpopo sake.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-08-01 09:09

      hope he holds his breath while doing so.

      phumi.tshabalala.35 - 2012-08-01 09:38

      Lmao @ these comments. Made my day

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-31 22:33

    "..be consequences for anyone found responsible for any wrongdoing". And again, no-one will be found responsible (apart from some poor clerk). Then we'll hear the usual round of speeches about how democracy and justice works and they can only prosecute if there's a case and there's no case. Took me under a minute to write this. Will take another 9 months before you read it again - from an official source :)

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-07-31 23:48

    As always, JZ misses the point. It's not about the textbooks, the whole education has been screwed up.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-31 23:50

    This is a management crisis - management must go - top management.

  • Lindelwa - 2012-08-01 00:09

    Always waiting Zuma, the you will say it must be debated. What a tweet of a president. Useless!!

  • pws69 - 2012-08-01 03:30

    Then he will wait for the same report from FS, and then GP, and then EC, and then NC. By that time it is 2014, and all the ANC voters will have forgotten about the fiasco, accepting it as the norm that textbooks only arrive in the 4th term, and 12% is the new matric exception pass mark (you'll get 10% for just arriving at school) so that the ANC can shout about the 90% matric pass rate (by then, over 80% of learners will have dropped out before matric anyway, instead of the 65% currently dropping out before matric). The ANC voters will all ululate about how good the ANC is achieving 90% pass rate, and vote for them in record numbers. Then everyone will stand around on street corners talking about the 80% unemployment created by racists, colonialist and imperialists. Meanwhile, China and India will still be producing more English speaking graduates than anyone else, taking all of the jobs our 12 percenters are incapable or doing (like answering a phone in a call centre). OR, we can just vote for a political party that actually KNOWS what they are doing, who are NOT robbing us blind, and fix the problem at the source.

  • luvo.duba - 2012-08-01 03:44

    Too little,too late.

  • Andre Van Zyl - 2012-08-01 06:22

    Yet again JZ is not concerned about the serious matter before him. Instead he is desperately trying to find a way to save Angie's bacon because she has influence and he needs her support in December.

  • mike.langdon2 - 2012-08-01 06:29

    Two days to approve salary hikes rewarding incompetence but needs to apply his \mind\ to a problem affecting our countries future. Yeah baby GO ANC

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-01 06:31

    Yea, its scary what Angie Motsega did - or didnt do rather. Its scarier that JZ is dilly dallying around instead of doing anything, but acariest of all, is that the majority of a certain group will do - vote for the ANC all over again?? How stupid can a nation be (rhetotical).

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-01 06:40

    While he waits there are kids that's not getting their education. And its not like heads will roll anyway. Pass the buck as usual.

  • Michael Varikas - 2012-08-01 07:01

    You a lying pu"s man

  • Michael Varikas - 2012-08-01 07:01

    You a lying swine man... Fu&k you

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-01 07:20

    “The Presidency”? Is that you Old Mac Maharaj? Getting tired of associating yourself with the lies so soon into your high paying job already boet? Lying is a very stressful job, especially if your boss is JZ.

  • lulama.mkunqwana - 2012-08-01 07:44

    The bottom of the crisis? If the President wants to rest with regard to this sordid issue there is only one way to sack the minister. The minister has taken away a constitutional right for the Limpopo Children and other in the Eastern Cape and elsewhere. I say so because, even those who got their text books on time should solidarity with their fellow students and call for sacking of the minister. She cannot say she did not know because it her duty know.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-01 07:50

    I’ve always wondered and I’m not joking but can the old man actually read?

      pws69 - 2012-08-01 08:16

      He doesn't need to. A song and dance routine resulted in him being elected President. Why bother with the hard stuff then?

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-01 09:15

      He can read. What he is incapable of doing is think. That is why he cannot pronounce himself articulately on any sound policy issues. In other words, what he cannot do is comprehend what is written for him because he seems to be brain damaged

  • Krishna - 2012-08-01 08:20

    the words of IFP president and their policies on education are ringer louder and clearer, as each second passes!! EDUCATION NOW! FREEDOM LATER God help all those children depending on government and all the promises. A year lost in education due to textbook shortages is a year more kids would have been lost to idle time.And we all know, the idle mind ( in tjhis case due to government ) is the devils workshop.

  • mart.botha - 2012-08-01 08:38

    Now only if we could cross-pollinate the commitment, drive and expertise of a couple of South African Olympic swimming heroes with...I don't know, let's say our Minister of Education....then perhaps the poor kids in rural areas in Limpopo might have received their 2012 school text books by now. Today is August 1, 2012.

      mart.botha - 2012-08-01 08:39

      oh and just by the way Mr President...you should also be shouldering the blame for all the 'cups' your 'staff' are making !!!!

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-01 08:41

    How can this take so long????? The ANC is a joke and Zuma is the punch line!!!! Any other ruling party would be better then this! I can see the final finding already: The old Apartheid government used a time machine and came to future and destroyed the text books to frame the ANC leaders! Nothing will come of this, I hope I am wrong, but based on past issues all that will happen is the current guys in charge will be removed for their position and then appointed to a new position!

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-08-01 09:36

    Hurry up and wait.. Useless man. Does nothing. You should be ashamed Zuma! When your time is up as President you should look back and say to yourself " Wow but I did nothing great by which to be remembered". I would be SO embarrassed if I were you.. Hang your head in shame!!!!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-01 09:51

    Ha when are you going to catch the zoom zoom and get him to sit down and make an HONEST decision.....he is too busy zoom zooming around the world, for what, I ask you. We dont have a president in this country because he is never at home, he is a world traveller. We want a president that run his own country properly and make the right decision timeously. I can tell you know, he wont do the right thing and fire arrogant angie, he will re-deploy her. He needs her vote and with it she brings the ANCWL harem ladies. So my guess, is NO WAYS.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-01 09:58

    If you read between the lines, you will see that we will not get an HONEST DECISION. They are looking at all avenues to cover up. Whilst zuma is travelling all around the world, maybe he could stop over at the olympics and try his hand at winning a gold medal at spear throwing.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-08 11:52

    Mr.President the person who i think is responsible is the Minister of Education, why?For deciding not to follow up on the task given to her department, if she had done that, I don't think we would be in this shameful crisis. I mean any departmental Manager (maybe not in government)does a follow up on any task given to the team. Is that hard to do?

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