MEC 'shocked' by fresh textbook dumping

2012-08-07 13:29

Johannesburg - The discovery of another load of textbooks dumped in Limpopo had been met with shock by Education MEC Namane Dickson Masemola, the provincial education department said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Pat Kgomo said the department would meet the police later in the day to discuss information around the dumping.

"The department, and the MEC in particular, learned with shock about the dumping of books.
"We are, however, confident that the police will solve [the] mystery."

He said the department was in close co-operation with the police to get to the bottom of the abandoned textbooks problem.

Police to probe dumping

Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said that more than 5 000 textbooks had been found dumped in Majeje, in the Phalaborwa region.

The books were dumped in an open veld on Monday morning and were in good condition.

"The between 5 000 to 6000 books range from Grade 0 to Grade 9 for various subjects," Otto said.

"Police, along with the education department, will launch investigations in order to determine where the books came from and where they were supposed to go."

Some grades in Limpopo received textbooks seven months after the school year started, while others were still waiting. Earlier in the year, lobby group Section27 obtained a court order for textbooks to be delivered to Limpopo by June 15.

In a meeting between Section27 and the department on June 21, a revised date of June 27 was set.

Books taken to police station

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma received a preliminary report from a presidential task team that investigated the late delivery of textbooks in Limpopo.

Zuma is studying the report and has urged the task team to continue and conclude its work. He said he would pronounce on the report once the matter has been concluded.

Otto said some of the books were still in their boxes and all the books had been taken to the police station for safekeeping.

No criminal case had been opened, she said.

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-08-07 13:38

    Another generation of lost learners, very sad!!!

      mihaip007 - 2012-08-07 14:11

      can SOMEONE explain this textbook dumping to me? I don't get it! If they have the books, why not "DUMP" them AT THE SCHOOLS? FFS - how DOF can you be? I mean if they are trying to cover up something either burn them so no one can find them, OR do the sensible thing and ANONYMOUSLY DUMP THEM AT THE SCHOOLS THAT NEED THEM!

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-07 14:16

      Easy! These books were either incorrectly ordered or delivered and there is no further use for them. In my opinion, this is fruitless expenditure, but according to the AG, all the procedures were followed and therefore nobody is to blame. The Department is at pains to explain the complexity of the system but yet fails to explain the stupidity of the people in the system.

      wesleywt - 2012-08-07 14:29

      The mind of the tenderpreneur is a strange, dark and empty space, mihaip007.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-07 13:38

    Yes right. Dump the MEC.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-07 13:38

    Nice anc keep your voters uneducated so you have another 20 years to steal from them before they wake up !

      mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-08-07 14:37

      well said

  • Greg - 2012-08-07 13:41

    Don't be shocked buddy, expect some more dumping, it seems to be the norm nowadays!!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-08-07 13:42

    Well considering that the Minister has now stated that Basic Education is not a right that kids have and is not achievable I suppose the textbooks are redundant and are thus being dumped. Idiots !!!

  • patrick.jentile - 2012-08-07 13:44

    I think they must just sell Limpopo province to Zimbabwe to become one of their provinces.

      crazyjourno - 2012-08-07 13:53


      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-07 14:03

      Sell it?..f**k they can have it!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-07 14:09

      @ gavin.lott.9 sound like you punting OLX

      bakers.dozen.14 - 2012-08-07 14:30

      Zim still has education even now. So sorry we dont want Limp poo poo

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-07 14:34

      Seems we can't even give it away....

  • Christi Vaughn Roestorff - 2012-08-07 13:45

    Macbeth seems to be used in the headline pic all the time! Maybe someone in gov has finally read it and feels offended by the parallels that can be made with our current leader?

      don.odendaal - 2012-08-07 14:04

      They would not understand it

  • morama.sebata - 2012-08-07 13:54

    ANC playing dirty politics with our kid's future.THis should had been sorted from frebruary this year but they waited and even Zuma himself says is waiting for the reports of taking action.Zuma is just anxiously waiting for his Zumaville in Nkandla and re-election of mangaung.But he will never finish his second term!!!

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-07 13:57

    Is Zuma "studying" the report? Wahaha!

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-07 14:26

      Glad someone else also caught on to that ROFLMFAO!!!

      idille.borchers - 2012-08-07 14:43

      He first has to find someone to read it to him

  • wim.kruger.7 - 2012-08-07 13:59

    My R10,000 vs your R1 that the 'service provider' has been paid in full!

  • Henry - 2012-08-07 14:00

    This is history in the making. Never before in the South African history, there was such a crisis. The basic education ministry might not admit that there's a crisis, in education in Limpopo and other provinces, but there really is. Shame on you 'free and compulsory basic education for all. Shame on you innocent blurk pupils and shame on you department of basic edufailure.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-07 14:11

      Shame on them of robbing another 5000 children of knowledge and a future

  • Henry - 2012-08-07 14:00

    This is history in the making. Never before in the South African history, there was such a crisis. The basic education ministry might not admit that there's a crisis, in education in Limpopo and other provinces, but there really is. Shame on you 'free and compulsory basic education for all. Shame on you innocent blurk pupils and shame on you department of basic edufailure.

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-08-07 14:02

    Not even Hendrik Verwoerd would have done this! Stupid comrades.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-08-07 14:38

      That's where you are dead wrong , he is fu^^er who established a black education department within the ministry of native affairs . Your racist comrade was quoted as saying " What is the use of teaching the Bantu child mathematics when it cannot use it in practice? ". This dumping of textbooks is 110% in line with what Verwoerd would have done , maybe differently

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-07 17:20

      @Mgayi...Verwoerd would not have spend the money on printing, storing and then dumping it in the first place. Thats the difference between smart and stupid.

  • - 2012-08-07 14:02

    I can tell u that sumone out there is enjoying these book dumps, mxm sick

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-08-07 14:04

    And no one knew about this??? Is there anyone working in the provincial education department, and if so, who's doing what? Who placed the order, and who was suppose to receive or verify the delivery? Or am I swearing?

      connie.heuer2 - 2012-08-07 14:43

      This countries "government" could'nt govern its way out of a wet paper bag. The childrens future rests with this bunch of incompetents.What a crying shame!

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-12-04 22:54

      Well quite frankly, as long as these children's parents keep voting this inept government into power, then I'm afraid, our concerns and sympathy are wasted.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-07 14:05

    May I suggest you break out of your shocked state, get your driver to put on his Blue lights, and go and do something about it please.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-07 14:08

    In more civilised countries heads would be rolling en masse, even the president impeached, but here; just another beautifull day

  • ambauli - 2012-08-07 14:08

    News24 reader shocked by MEC's 'shock' at recent textbook dumping

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-07 14:09

    sabotage....I smell a dead rat here..we can blame the anc for all we want,but anyone intelligent can see this is some stupid and evil ploy by some members of the anc or the opposition...this road to mangaung surely causes problems for south africa..

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-07 14:27

      You must be joking right?!

      sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-07 14:45

      NO....I'm not joking Sir....just being rational...sometimes we need to get rid of hatred and see things want to tell me all members of the anc are responsible for this?

      Christi Vaughn Roestorff - 2012-08-07 14:51

      Would be impossible to dump books in August if they were handed out in feb!

      connie.heuer2 - 2012-08-07 14:53

      This comment is a perfect example of the mindset of a vast number of ANC followers. Maybe a tokolosh did it!

      sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-07 15:02

      its ok Connie....insult me all you can...I'm used to it...opinions differ,I don't have to agree with everybody just to excite them...criticize me constructively please...i may be an idiot,shallow,naive,pathetic etc because you think I'm an anc supporter but insulting me makes you what?

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-08-07 14:11

    Funny thing is - education is going to the dogs and not one 'comrade' is calling a march for 'betta' education.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-07 14:15

      You're quite right. And this of course speaks volumes of their mind set and ambition.

  • arthur.halse - 2012-08-07 14:14

    MEC shocked at dumping or that the dumped books were found??

  • eugene.prinsloo - 2012-08-07 14:15!!! Now that's a load of crap. He does not know he's ass from his elbow. Jeff Dunham could use a new puppet.\r\nHe does what he is told and shuts the hell up. Otherwise he is out on his ass like Mbeki.\r\nWhy can't he be a man and grow a pair of balls and take action on this issue. He sure as hell has the \SPEAR\ for it.

  • Andre - 2012-08-07 14:16

    What an absolute disgrace! It is symbolic of how this government is dumping everything of value in this country including the existance and future of its people!!! It is time that the whole damn Government, their cronies and their Leader be dumped for ever!!

  • foreignem - 2012-08-07 14:18

    seems we are playing politics with our education in this country. the devided anc is costly to mzanzi's future. Oh Sobukwe! Help us restore the dignity of the child.

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-08-07 14:19

    Shocked!!! Realy???

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-08-07 14:20

    Why is the MEC shocked when he knows well that in Limpopo you have a better chance of finding books at a dump site than at a school . Imagine someone starting school late ( at age 10 or 11) because they were expected to herd sheep and goats instead of attending pre-school and playing with other kids , and now the same one is going to lose yet another year of schooling due to nondelivery of books . Not surprising to find young adult matriculants in many Limpopo and eastern cape schools

      Erna - 2012-08-07 15:22

      People who herd goats and sheep and have no education become president!

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-08-07 14:22

    its probably also apartheid fault!

  • connie.heuer2 - 2012-08-07 14:30

    Doubtless the president will "study" this report and Angie and all the others responsible for this disgrace will get to keep their jobs.

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-08-07 14:34

      That's because the ANC is never to blame and none of their members can do anything wrong. Its always caused by Apartheid or by sabotage. *rolls eyes*

  • jason.spencerfreeman - 2012-08-07 14:30

    FUK POLITICS,it doesn't matter who you support. This is stuffing up kids future's, Education is a basic human right and all the kids deserve this. This just makes me so sick to my stomach.But then again why would all the fat cats in power care when they are pocketing the cash.....

  • JHLR73 - 2012-08-07 14:33

    Shocked!!!!???? I am shocked that they are shocked!!

  • mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-08-07 14:34

    Limpopo...what a sorry ass place!!

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-08-07 14:56

    It will take billions of years for Africa to be like other continents. How come no one has taken full responsibility for this? As if this is not enough, Angie went on to give herself trillion thumbs up. European leaders would have stepped down long time ago but ours are prioritising Mangaung above our kids'future. Maybe JZ is \doing\ it with Angie daughter hence his lack of action.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-08-07 14:56

    pravin this is an abuse of honest taxpayers money and a blatant disregard for the education of its citizens. i blame you, because you gun down honest taxpayers and give freedom to your cANCer buddies to do as they please with our monies.tender fraud , theft and corruption thrives with your blessings. but then again even you can't account for missing of millions in the treasury. the cANCer has redefined the meaning of democracy and service delivery. "first take for yourself and if there is any remainders , then take again until theres nothing left for service delivery and welfare of the citizens"

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-07 15:03

    Time to educate the anc politicians! The Limpopo dumpsites will make ideal venues for these useless legotlas!

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-08-07 15:10

    High time they also inspect all Paper Recycling facilities, or maybe all the new dumpings of text books are coming from them cause they expect some visitors to their premises soon ?!

  • john.masengo - 2012-08-07 16:29

    Reading about government incompetence has made me wat to take a dump. See you later...

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-08 07:41

    One can feel sorry for Masemola because the buck stops with him. In my view some Provincial employee messed around with the distribution contract; the booksellers were obviously paid.

  • tasmee.hylkema - 2012-12-04 22:29

    Zuma studying, now theres an oxyMORON!

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