Education official alleges sabotage

2012-06-28 15:56

Polokwane - There was an element of sabotage from suppliers and principals that hindered the education department's delivery of textbooks to schools in Limpopo, an official said on Thursday.

Acting basic education deputy director general Mathanzima Mweli said a micro-medium enterprise had not arrived to complete the delivery process, and in some areas principals and school management were unavailable to sign for orders on Wednesday.

"We then had to deploy UTI personnel, who had to take those books to schools; we also experienced some problems with principals who were not available," Mweli said.

"We will definitely penalise those [who] did not come and deliver the entire consignment that was assigned to them."

He said eight central warehouses were cleared. At the remaining warehouse in Thohoyandou, the distributors who were supposed to collect the books did not arrive.

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

Catch-up plans

The education department has a catch-up plan which includes a winter programme for Grade 12 pupils and Saturday classes. Other grades would have their own plans, depending which textbooks they did not get.

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

The department was initially ordered in May to provide Limpopo schools with textbooks by June 15. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled in May that the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution.

Rights group Section 27, which brought the application, met the department after the first deadline expired, and it was decided that delivery of the textbooks be completed by Wednesday.

Mweli said there were no textbooks left in any of the warehouses, except that in Thohoyandou.

  • Henri - 2012-06-28 16:02

    wow it took you 6 months and then u shift the blame, must be the african way ???

      Werner - 2012-06-28 16:07

      Not the African way the cANCer way!

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-06-28 16:08

      They will never blame their own incompetence. Why don't they do the decent thing and resign.

      procold2 - 2012-06-28 16:14

      if this was not so serious it would be funny, who do these people in the anc think we are the grade 1 pupils that they are trying to get books to

      Werner - 2012-06-28 16:16

      It unreal that the maladministration in Limpopo (R3 Billion stolen by Limpopo cANCer officials) was so bad that they had to get national government to step in and the still took six months to deliver text books. Sadly this is an improvement, if it was left to Limpopo all the money for the text books would have disappeared and there would still be no text books. The rest of South Africa take heed! Limpopo is the breeding ground for cANCer corruption and their blatant racism towards all others. Their disregard for the law will spread to the rest of South Africa

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-28 16:17

      The second favorite word used by the ANC after "apartheid" is "sabotage" !! No mention of incompetent cadres !!

      makenawn - 2012-06-28 16:25

      They were told by politicians to lie

      makenawn - 2012-06-28 16:57

      Dude, extraordinary claim must be followed by extraordinary evidence, we are not idiots

      KLawrence01 - 2012-06-28 17:14

      They will never resign as they have it so good. Government dept= corruption always. Its always the whites, apartheid, colonialism, imperialism, in fact, anyone that is not the ANC's fault.

      jake.thesnake.3950 - 2012-06-28 22:22

      @Werner: It could be because I'm freshly & superbly stoned, but the use of language in your comment is very...fuC%in awesome! Your punctuation needs some work, though...sorry :-) Rather pertinent points made, as well. Keep 'em comin'!

  • foxiloxi - 2012-06-28 16:08

    Oh FFS, take some accountability and accept the fact that u f'cked up and learn from your mistakes instead of trying to shift the blame onto the very principles who have been waiting for 6 months for these textbooks!!! We would all respect the ANC and government more if they just accepted responsibility and got on with it instead of trying to pass the buck, I am very surprised he didn't blame apartheid, although I am sure it is coming!!

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-28 16:18

      well said! Its always apartheids fault... :/

      Clive - 2012-06-28 21:04

      Spot on, foxi, but unfortunately the word "accountability" is missing from the dictionary in the Luthuli House library.

      jake.thesnake.3950 - 2012-06-28 22:27

      That's it, that's how it's done! See my comment above (in reply to Werner), and then note how you say more in your first two words than I manage in thirty-ish. Well said :-)

      jake.thesnake.3950 - 2012-06-29 01:06

      Oops, "...*more* than I manage..."

  • rickvcooper - 2012-06-28 16:08

    The only sabotage to the 'text book non-delivery' saga would be that the so-called service providers were ANC cadres.

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-28 16:19

      i see it coming... "the text-book gate scandal"

  • Omrisho - 2012-06-28 16:09

    sheez, show some accountability for crying out loud... "wasn't me, wasn't me" never helped anyone anywhere in the first place... you should have undertaken to ensure these children had access to education, with text books, timeously, and you would not be needing to find a scapegoat for your inadequacies. really pathetic... how will you ever look your grandchildren and/or great grandchildren in the face with a clear conscience is beyond me

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-28 17:08

      Yes look at your grand kids and then ask them "after 18, why are you still so fu@#ken stupid"

  • rjreuben.els - 2012-06-28 16:10

    pass the buck as always

  • Phillip - 2012-06-28 16:14

    YES ! YES ! IT'S A CONSPIRACY ! SOMEONE IS TRYING TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE ! Whew! Thank goodness! For a moment I was getting worried that it might be all the ANC's fault...

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-28 16:21

      its NEVER the ANC's fault... ANC, WE ARE NUMB... i mean ONE! :-) Bunch of useless idiots leading an even bigger group of idiots nowhere!

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-28 16:16

    What a joke.. a 6 month delay and then action is only taken after an order by the court... and then a further delay, and now its everyone else's fault. And you going to penalize the supplier... This is like a Punch and Judy show.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-06-28 16:17

    whatever!! Pass the buck... tis the ANC's way! It wasnt us, it was apartheid. The excuses are getting old now you useless government.

  • andy.pipkin.5458 - 2012-06-28 16:21

    Worst is that there are students affected who would most probably like to become more educated and more competent than those who were to blame for not being able to arrange something as simple as a delivery in six months time!? Those are the poor students who will now be drilled to death (they are children after all) with catch-up plans? Really? Who's to blame for the state our children are in? Apartheid again right???? You are digging your own hole ANC, and soon the youth of this country will throw your useless "comrades" in it... can't wait!

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-06-28 16:21

    Sis,how do u put blame to the schools principals when u fail to deliver the books for the period of 6 months,who's fooling who...?

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-28 16:24

    They were your appointed suppliers. If your appointed suppliers fail, then you fail. As I recall, the DA offered to move those books and you refused their help. Please open up a dictionary and look up the word S-O-R-R-Y. Now use the word; or just shut up.

  • riette.nothling - 2012-06-28 16:26

    honestly, now it's the principals and not the department? blame shifting is such a bad habit, rather acknowledge your short-comings and work on it to prevent future mishaps! Besides, as the department of education you are the highest power, so if you do not get cooperation from a school principal you have to sort it out!

  • revilo.marley.9 - 2012-06-28 16:32

    Dear Government,\r\n\r\nPlease create a schedule for the entire textbook supply chain, and email it to all the people involved in the process. This can be done in an excel file on your computers, or a simple calendar application on your computer will do as well. \r\n\r\nOnce YOU have planned your department then it can run properly. You have the opportunity to right the wrongs that were committed in the past.\r\n\r\nGet on it! \r\nR.M.

  • Matlala - 2012-06-28 16:51

    It is dissapointing and heartbreaking that everytime the DBE fails to dish out its constitutional obligation scouge of principals were under attack. I'm the school principal and didn't go on for holiday to spend with my family waiting to receive books. Nothing came my way. Disappointingly DBE has made an indication to hold principals accountable. We did not fiddle the proceedings. We care much better than MEC and Minister of Education about the fundamental rights of our children towards basic and quality education. We are always there to protect, respect and promote the rights oif our children to learn and to be taught. MEC's office in Limpopo has a negaticve and unreasonable abuse of power to silence those who care about teaching and learning in the province. They are not sabotiged. But they themselves continue to sabotage the future of our learners, commitment of our educators and that of parents to remain vibrant and deligent partners.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-28 17:08

      No right-minded person thinks that the Principles or suppliers are to blame. ALL the blame quite obviously belongs to the Minister of Education and the department officials. A six month plus delay is just not acceptable. Treason!

      KLawrence01 - 2012-06-28 17:09

      Its people like you that we need more of. Good principals. Thank you for doing a good job.

  • willie.dique - 2012-06-28 16:56

    hehehehhe poor incompetent fools = Education department. These pupils should have the textbooks in January 2012. ONE WORD comes to mind....incompetent.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-28 16:59

    The gutless anc is making lame excuses again!

  • Johan - 2012-06-28 17:00

    Strange that he did not blame apartheid for his incompetence

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-28 17:01

    The straight answer is - Vote DA.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-28 17:03

    Captain Morgan for President!

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 17:05

    I hate to say this but this exactly what I said they would do, on the previous thread. I must be clairvoyant!

  • KLawrence01 - 2012-06-28 17:06

    always shifting the blame. Not once have I heard " yes, we stuffed up, but lets fix this"

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-06-28 17:13

    Cr@p!! Those assigned to the job had probably not been paid. Would you continue ?

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-28 17:18

    Good golly.Now the blame is elsewhere.The books was about to be distroyed.How do you work the sabotage out.The anc always blames someone else for their own dirty work.You are a lot of liars and somehow it makes you proud to lie like this.Grow more braincells.

  • Clive - 2012-06-28 18:04

    Evita's "third wors" at work again.

  • zodwa.chabane - 2012-06-28 21:40

    Sabotage?! Now I've heard it all

  • zodwa.chabane - 2012-06-28 21:41

    Sabotage?! Now I've heard it all

  • zodwa.chabane - 2012-06-28 21:42

    Sabotage?! Now I've heard it all

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-06-28 22:05

    How is it sabotage? Doesn't the department that sent the books check if they have been delivered? Let's have an explanation from the person that signed the despatch and from the transporter and receiver!! Take responsibility that is y u r getting paid!!

  • Itse - 2012-06-29 07:24

    Stop tendering every single flipplin thing.The government must DIY.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-06-29 07:53

    Incompetent blaming the incompetent . It's called organized chaos.

  • marius.vandenberg.77 - 2012-07-04 02:54

    Do not miss the obvious.. This is subversive tactics employed by a "Third Force" (Malema and Cadre) to rally the youth in Limpopo. Soon he will rise as the saviour to the "people" when he comes to free them from economic oppression...

  • john.knipe.10 - 2012-07-04 07:17

    How it works in government is you appoint friends and family in the jobs because it is your duty in African culture to give your family and friends jobs because they expect it.n The same applies to procurtement.

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