Leaked report damns Motshekga

2012-07-26 07:26

Johannesburg - A leaked report by the Limpopo education department reveals that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga knew in 2011 that textbook funds were insufficient, according to a report on Thursday.

The Star reported that it was believed the document had been seen by the presidential task team looking into problems around textbook delivery in Limpopo.

According to the report, Motshekga was told on July 20 last year that the R633m allocated to textbooks and stationery in the budget was reduced to R372m. This happened four months before the department was put under national administration.

The cut was attributed to the department's need to pay occupation specific dispensation to employees.
Limpopo education spokesperson Pat Kgomo told the daily: "We met the minister several times, even in July last year, but I can't go into details of the meeting."

Motshekga's spokesperson, Hope Mokgathle, told The Star that the minister was powerless to avert the textbook crisis because section 100(1)(b) of the Constitution, which allows for the national executive to take responsibility for the troubled provincial departments, was not in effect at the time.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj told Sapa that he had been out of the country and would only be in a position later on Thursday to comment on whether the report was received by the presidential task team.

  • john.moodley.7 - 2012-07-26 07:32

    Give her the boot, corruption headlines next.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-26 07:47

      Let's see her and Zipper squirm out of this one.

      jack.milosevic - 2012-07-26 08:20

      Does she let her great, great, great,great grandchildren cut her hair?

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-26 08:30

      'scuse me - This is 2012 and this is when the millions in text books weren't delivered, so less money, all the more reason to make sure they get delivered - corrupt, thieving Bit*h!

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-26 08:33

      The cut was attributed to the department's need to pay occupation specific dispensation to employees. In other words, pay off the Cronies and golden hand shakes rather than see to it that the Kids get textbooks! cANCerous voters - I hope you're reading this just so you know where their priorities lie! SCUM!

      procold2 - 2012-07-26 08:43

      what a bunch of imcompetent,useless,spinless,corrupt people running this circus we call a country

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-26 09:06

      suspended for a year on full pay then redeployed i bet

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-26 11:14

      Lol @ jack, it looks like a wig to me ^__^

  • emmanuel.magoro.5 - 2012-07-26 07:34

    Fire her

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-26 08:31

      You dont just fire people.

      wehan.victor - 2012-07-26 08:38

      @Poliponki Don't you get tired of trolling?

      Joubs1957 - 2012-07-26 08:51

      @POLOYATONKI Yeah , especially if they are cANCer`s hey. After all even if they are eventually found guilty of whatever and sentenced - they still get the royal treatment.

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-26 08:52

      @Polydonkie - you're fired!

      Neil - 2012-07-26 08:57

      @ poloplonki. You DO just fire people. In the real world, in the private sector. In places where money, service and accountability actually matter. This ignoranus (work it out plonki) of a politician should be fired, then arrested, then jailed. If this was China (which is so special to the anc) she would have already been deservedly executed!

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-26 09:07

      polo troll your friends on fb like the rest of us

      clive.kihn - 2012-07-26 17:13

      Polio: and that's the problem. But all ministers serve at the whim of the pres, so he can hire and fire as he sees fit. HOWEVER, despite there being more than enough eveidence to get rid if her, she heads the ANC women's league, whose support Jake needs to ger re-elected in December, so she is safe, and education will slip further into the gutter.

      thomas.mazibisa - 2012-07-27 15:07

      @ Poloyatonki but you fired Mbeki from the highest post

  • jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-07-26 07:39

    I wonder if she gave her computer in her house to a school that requires one? Did she make any donations to a school who cant feed the children? Don't fire her because of her her because of her moral standing in society!

  • moss.montshiwa - 2012-07-26 07:47

    I think she must be kicked out as she acted very irry.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-26 08:21

      She's got the "Who me?" look

      nokuthandwa - 2012-07-26 08:59

      LOL, very true Johan!

  • lemz.mohlabe - 2012-07-26 07:48


  • luvo.luvos - 2012-07-26 07:49

    She's up to her eyeballs in a dam of poop

  • lulama - 2012-07-26 07:52

    Another day another story about incompetency in govt...

      Joubs1957 - 2012-07-26 08:52

      .... governing a Banana Republic!!!

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-26 07:54

    JZ has already found the reason why Angie Motshekga cannot be held accountable for her glaring incompetence: HF. Our kids' educational future is clearly in jeopardy under this administration. ANC sheep, the die has been cast: Zuma has messed up more than enough. He is begging to be shown the door at Mangaung

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-26 08:27

      But you guys must DO IT Themba, not just speak about it. How many young people must still be left behind with this kind of crap. A person's first twenty years of life is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-26 09:03

      In your vowed commitment to arrogance, you see every black person and assume s/he must be an ANC sheep. Thank you for your applications to take up the well-deserved vacancy for Mamparas of the Day

      Revelgen - 2012-07-26 09:17

      Themba, I guess you are supporting someone other than Zuma. But do you not see that the ANC has absolutely messed up since taking power? I had such high hopes for Mandela, but almost none of the ruling party today deserve to stand in his shadow. And the ANC won't change, mate, they have got SO used to corruption and living the high life (with R100 000 limits PER MONTH!!! on their credit cards alone, on top of fat salaries), that they WILL NOT change now. The only hope for SA is to get decent people (of all races) in power, who understand what is needed to ensure our future success (hint: education and job creation are 2 vital items).

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-26 09:23

      Revelgen, I don't owe you or anyone an explanation for who and how I vote. But just so you know, I have been voting for a strong opposition and good governance in the last 4 elections. I hope that some of us will learn not to read what's not even between the lines, let alone that which does not appear in black and white

      andreviljoenjoubert - 2012-07-26 10:25

      You tell them Themba. Some people think they are so smart and clued up, but by thinking that they can't be tough or that they can’t learn anything more, only keep themselves from growing mentally and morally. These are the same people who only paint with one brush.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-26 11:17

      Good for you Themba :) sticking to your guns and telling it how it is

  • renaldo.askham - 2012-07-26 07:55

    They knew about this a long time ago and cold have put measures in place to minimize the damage, but she does not give a damn cause her kids are sitting in a nice private school where they receive the best education!!! Government sometimes think we idiots!!!

  • karoo.gypsy - 2012-07-26 07:55

    Where in the world ( apart from Africa) have you ever heard of school-textbooks that have not been delivered to schools 8 months into the year? Might as well tell the students to go home and start all over next year. (Remember we are not talking about one school only but more than 40 schools!) Motshekga should be fired without a golden handshake!

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-26 07:58

    Oh my God I like the way they always use the constitution when it suits them, and when it doesn't it's simply ignored. Useless.....

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-07-26 08:00

    She is a strong hold/to close to december

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-07-26 08:05

    as we proceed, To Mosh through this desert storm in limpopo education, In these open statements, if they should argue Let us beg to differ As we set aside our differences And assemble our own teachers To disarm this Weapon of Mass of textbook that we need to study as the future of mzansi. That we call our President, for the present And Mosh for the future of our next generation ,To speak and be heard Mr. President,

      Joubs1957 - 2012-07-26 08:54

      Why not keep it simple - like JZ said: Give me my machinegun" :-)

  • mawetu.janda - 2012-07-26 08:10

    It is now clear to everyone that ZOOMER is very much hellbent on proctecting his POWER than serving people of South Africa.He knows that Angie is a culprit here but he can't dismiss her as he is aware of the fact that firing Angie (an ANC womens' league leader)would mean losing ANCWL's support for too much talked about MANGAUNG.What a selfishness Mr SPEARMAN!

  • musawenkosi.mvubu - 2012-07-26 08:12

    South Africans must forget about service delivery now they will only see it may be in 2013 may be. And forget that somebody might be fired these days because all the calculations have been made for the elective conference. People like Angie Motshega should have been shown the door because the buck stops with her period, but because she leads the WL she cannot but what the masses?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-07-26 08:43

      The masses need a huge awakening. Service delivery can only take place effectively if there are competent people in government that understand the meaning of being a public servant and have a passion to serve the people who voted them in. Right now the masses are being hoodwinked into believing the horsepoop that spews from the cANCer daily.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-26 09:10

      Our government are seriously steering us down a road that's going to lead to a disastrous outcome, MARK MY WORDS. And those without means, the poor, will end up suffering the most. We are in the same boat, black, white, indian & coloured. Please people WAKE UP! THINK CAREFULLY NEXT TIME YOU VOTE

  • robert.starke.98 - 2012-07-26 08:12

    Another useless ANC individual - she probably was out to lunch in hewr new BMW spending money on her credit card, so us taxpayers can foot the bill. Pathetic

  • fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-07-26 08:13

    And what is she going to get? A salary increase!!!!!!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-26 10:40

      Fanie, she will get another position somewhere else. She is a Zuma supporter and thus the man is not going to ditch her. The ANCWL is really quiet too, not a word against their leader, dear Angie.

  • Andre - 2012-07-26 08:14

    I would'nt be surprised if Zuma also knew about the fiasco breeding under his nose but, then again, he and his "cover-up-co-corrupt" selfish, incompetent Comrades/Caders are no doubt, there to destroy whatever is functioning and whatever is a threat to civilisation and good order. Wish the voters will realize this.

  • Ntarts - 2012-07-26 08:16

    Why is it taking so long to get rid of this woman!!??! Incompetent to the core and won't take accountability for ANYTHING!!! She's destroying the youth's (black particularly coz they are mostly the ones at public schools) chances of a better future. 10 years from now we'll still be wondering why transformation is still not happening and it will be all thanks to her royal ugliness!! OFF WITH HER HEAD!

      dekkeranton - 2012-07-26 08:51

      As leader of the ANC Woman’s League, she controls a massive vote block inside the ANC. Zuma can’t touch her, because with her power base behind her, she can get him recalled and replaced. Want to get rid of Motshekga? Get rid of the ANC!

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-26 08:55

      @dekkeranton - THAT is the PRECISE reason!

      Ntarts - 2012-07-26 15:14

      Sure. Get rid of the ANC and replace it with who?? Let me guess, the DA?? Coz they've always had all our interest at heart, right?? at the end of the day, it's all political. They will all say whatever it takes to get the vote and then screw all of us when they get there. If we're voting in terms of who to trust, I'd much rather go with the devil I know. Judging by the comments on these forums, there's still a long way to go before South Africans can say we are colour blind and are truly voting for the right party regardless of colour.

      dekkeranton - 2012-07-26 15:38

      I wish we had an alternative to the ANC. At the moment with the motley crew that makes up the opposition I personally don’t see a knight in shining armour coming to our rescue! Definitely not the DA, which would be like voting for a fox terrier. So, I don’t care who people vote for, and I’m not a torch bearer for any party, but please let us try to break this untouchable power the ANC has got. Vote for anyone, as long as it is not ANC. Does the SOCCER Party and the KISS Party still exist?

      merven.halo - 2012-07-27 07:58

      ' Why is it taking so long to get rid of this woman!!??!' Because she is the President of the ANCWL, sadly she is untouchable.

  • mahlangu.bobo - 2012-07-26 08:16

    Dear Hon. Cadre A Motshekga. It is with sadness that I have to ask you to vacate your office as the minister of Basic Education as of today. Based on the report I have on my table, you are incompetent to do the basics and ensuring that the Basic Education of our Children is done accordingly and as of that I would like to relieve you off your duties as the Minister. I hope that this won't mess up our relationship going to Mangaung and that I will still have your support. Please come pass my office later and we will see how we redeploy you among many of other opportunities around the party. Sincerely yours JG Zuma The President. How I wish this could be so simple and the president could take decisive steps to elimination the problem.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-26 08:45

      p.s. and if you give me a decent bl*w j*b and get rid of that ridiculous wig, I might just create a whole new role for you - Minister of Incompetence!

      dekkeranton - 2012-07-26 08:46

      Unfortunately he can’t do it Bongani, because he became a lame duck president the moment he wanted to sit on all the chairs simultaneously. Sometimes a president must make unpopular decisions, but to be able to do that, you need someone with “real” leadership potential. Leadership means “the people” are important, and not “the party”, or your “own position”. Zuma’s presidency is being pulled apart by al the different factions in the ANC, and Zuma is completely incapable of uniting the party behind him. That gives Motshekga so much power! As chair lady of the Woman’s League she holds Zumas future in her hands, and therefore he can’t touch her! So, while the children are suffering, we will play politics!

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-07-26 08:47

      Well said Bongani. Remove the weeds, garden with a passion and the garden should flourish. Right now we are heading for a desert status.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-26 08:52

      p.p.s. - and please don't listen to the Media reports - as far as I'm concerned, you meet all the requirements for a good ANC Cabinet Minister, corrupt, liar, cheat, thief, relative, incompetent. If it wasn't for the fact that you are too old and uglier than a pig's bac*side, I'd definitely make you one of my new Wives!

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-26 23:31

      oh, and my dear comrade, when you come to my office, don't worry about bringing a condom, I'll just take a shower afterwards.

  • Michael - 2012-07-26 08:16

    Proffesor Marry MetCalfe is the right candidate for basic education ministry, Cdr Motshekga is struggling.

      dee.980 - 2012-07-26 11:42

      I cannot help but think that this whole fiasco is NOT DUE TO ONE PERSON - and without the political will (= Zuma's support & responsibility) to appoint competent people IN THE PROVINCES, there will be no turnaround in Limpopo - nor E.Cape. The 'rot' starts above Angie - and extends ALL the way down the 'cadres'.

  • dekkeranton - 2012-07-26 08:18

    Angie Motshekga, and that equally pathetic excuse for a MEC, Dickson Masemola should be fired with immediate effect and a serious criminal investigation should be launched into their conduct! No other action will satisfy the 70% of Limpopos school kids that failed the midyear exams, while these fat cats live in the lap of luxury! What chance had these poor kids have to even possibly pass any exam without the most basic necessities? It is not only the gross incompetence of these people that are so offensive, but the disgusting lying, cheating and hiding of facts that really should irk the sufferers of their actions. THIS IS A DISGRACE! “Motshekga and Masemola, you have personally destroyed the futures of a whole generation of your own people, and yet you sit comfortably in your marble palaces and take absolutely no responsibility. Do you have no shame?”

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-26 08:18

    There's only one thing that I know about my country's goverment. This government is hopelessly useless and the ANC is failing the people. Then tell me how can you work together to do more when they are all just bunch of failures with fat salaries?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-07-26 08:51

      Very frustrating isn't it? The power lies in the voters hands. Vote these incompetent thieves out. This will be a step in the right direction and then let experienced people and business people run the country.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-07-26 08:21

    Serious things no march,but the Spear made us dodge even work.\r\nFire the President as he can't replace the minister.\r\nWhat betterment hd Shower-man done since he became Statehead except organising more food for his spear.\r\nZapiro put smtn here-a showerhead with blinded by Angie's underpant...

  • musawenkosi.mvubu - 2012-07-26 08:21

    This is reason I say this government is heading rapidly in a direction of full blown predator state which is run by demagogic,greedy political hyenas.(From city press two years ago) Who ever comes is appointed wherether at National,Provincial,Local he says to himselft \ Hei ngizoqalaphi nje ukudla\ look at all these municipalities which did not get clean bill of health, what happens to their leadership? The people of the South will wait and see and guess what they will vote again

  • Stefano Lavarone - 2012-07-26 08:23

    I wonder what nonsense excuses this lying mampara will come up with now?

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-07-26 08:25

    She will be safe, Zuma needs he for Mangaung, and since when do yoy get fired for utter incompetence in the ruling party? This will also most probably qualify for a state secret in the new bill on protection of state secrets!

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-26 08:27

    OK OK 7.2 out of 10!

  • pieter.joubert.9 - 2012-07-26 08:27

    Brilliant photo with the article "Me? I didn't do anything". Exactly, you are useless.

  • paul.mahlangu.94 - 2012-07-26 08:28

    ANC have done enough damage.Blaming HF is the lowest blow ever,I mean who are they gonna blame next the Dinosaurus?They always denied everything never accept responsibility for their wrongs.

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-07-26 08:31

    Viva motshekga/viva JZ /sorry to\r\nThe KIDS. But HF

  • francesca.prinsloo - 2012-07-26 08:31

    I think Jan van Riebeeck is to blame.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-26 08:32

    dnt the anc feel embarrest for the same crap every week??? corruption..service delivery..fraud!! bribery..mismanagement of educated ppl in post that cant do the job right!!! danm

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-07-26 08:32

    And folks wonder why our education system is failing. Haha! But don't worry. She'll keep her job. Or they'll get somebody just as retarded. This is pathetic.

  • antin.herink - 2012-07-26 08:33

    So this ugly, bad thing earns c.a. 2 mill a year? Clearly worth less than minimum wage.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-07-26 08:33

    Motshekga is totally incompetent to do anything but being a kitchen help but, due to her incompetency she fails to see her own incompetence and the same goes for jacob. Therfore, nothing is going to change!

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-07-26 08:36

    Lets do the maths. R633m original budge for schoolbooks reduced to R372m. That equates to R261m for staff issues?????? The cANCer is spreading it's corruption and theft disease faster than the common cold. Shocking. Fire the tart along with the rest of the incompetent corrupt thieves.

  • Amanda.M.Mphuthi - 2012-07-26 08:38

    This is not going to end well at all.

  • mpho.galane1 - 2012-07-26 08:41

    Let's see if Mangaung is more important than ur education, Zuma must fire madam Motshekga or his protecting her coz he want to win ANC presidential post

  • busisiwe.motlhasedi - 2012-07-26 08:49

    Fire Her PLEASE...

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-07-26 08:50

    Is that her real hair?

  • thasmeel.singh - 2012-07-26 08:54

    She needs to do proper thing and resign. she was beyond useless with this textbook saga but only blaming others for her dumb management style

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-07-26 09:00

    is this the face of a who's who?

  • Henry - 2012-07-26 09:01

    Like I've said before, the pupils of Limpopo (and now Free State) have all failed, for this year. They'll have to start over again in the new year, thanks to the department of basic education (edufail) What hurts mostly is that these students are blurk students, abelungu are exempt from this crisis and the relatives of the basic minister are also exempt. Thanks again, department of edufail, for failing our children.

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-07-26 09:04

    Its not her fault that she is a minister It is HF fault

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-26 09:20

    She was aware of the problem, at her level in government she would have to know what is going on. She had options, she could have taken her problem to the financial side of government and explained to them the problem or she could have even has asked for a meeting with zuma himself but know she chose to keep quiet in the hope the problem would not appear. She needs to go, because she is the main culprit for trying to cover up this whole saga by lying her way around it and still trying to be arrogant. What dept is she going to bugger up next, this is her 2nd bugger up if I am correct. FIRE HER FIRE HER FIRE HER FIRE HER. ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOMER also needs to zoom out for good because he is a fence sitter with chicken blood running through his veins.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-26 09:43

    Hahaha GOTCHA!

  • Tinkerbell169 - 2012-07-26 09:49

    Thats not her hair!!! Some poor Alsatian is now feeling the cold!!!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-26 09:53

    How grateful I am that my child has gone through the educational cycle - I would be frantic if mine were one of those without books. Children are not disposable commodities - ANC is wrecking their lives with their ineptitude. Please everybody - wake up. We usually only have one chance to make a success of our lives. The ANC is robbing you of that fragile chance - year after year, with their lies and false promises. Don't give them another chance. DON'T PUT THE KEY TO YOUR FUTURE IN THE ANCs POCKET.

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-07-26 15:19

      And yet you keep voting them back in to rule/ruin us for another 4 years!!!

  • ishmael.mona - 2012-07-26 09:56

    A crime against the poor should be punished. she must be fire, she must apologize and never be seen or heard of any longer in the face of SA. Yet again which education minister ever did a good job. Naledi was a stuge