Presidency and EduSolutions respond to probe

2012-06-30 16:14

The Presidency confirmed yesterday it had received whistleblower Solly Tshitangano’s dossier on the EduSolutions contract last year.

Spokesperson Harold Maloka said the department had referred the information to Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale’s office for investigation in September last year.

“The Presidency and the Presidential Hotline do not have any dedicated capacity or mandate to do investigations of alleged corruption cases that are lodged through the Presidential Hotline,” said Maloka.

“What it does is refer cases such as this to the responsible department or government agency for investigation.

“In February 2012, the office of the premier indicated to the Presidency that the provincial department of education, which is now under the administration of the national department of basic education, was investigating the matter,” he said.

Tshitangano sent his information to the Presidency in January last year.

He said the matter was currently being investigated by the national intervention team and that the president was concerned that books were not delivered on time to pupils, but noted the department’s efforts.

Meanwhile, EduSolutions insists that it has done nothing untoward in its dealings with government and says its contract with the Limpopo education department is valid.

The company’s lawyer, Ian Small-Smith, said the costs for the procurement of textbooks were not determined by EduSolutions, but by the needs of the schools in terms of their requisition process.

EduSolutions is pursuing litigation against the government for money owed to them from the cancelled contract.

Repeated requests to the basic education department for comment this week were not answered despite an assurance that questions from City Press would be answered by yesterday morning.

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