Mandela bio among shredded Limpopo books

2012-06-26 10:30

Johannesburg - A biography of former president Nelson Mandela, Shakespeare's Macbeth and Aids education manuals were among the textbooks destroyed by the Limpopo education department, according to a report on Tuesday.

Beeld newspaper journalists visited the disused Mustec teacher's college in Seshego on Monday and found thousands of books stacked in piles outside the premises.

Inside the abandoned building, many of the rooms were knee-deep in books, some of which were still new and in plastic wrappers.

Apart from specific subject books in English, Pedi and Afrikaans for maths, science and economics, there were also new textbooks for Aids education, and piles of poetry books.

Countless books had been shredded or burnt in an open veld outside the Mustec building.

DA Limpopo caucus leader Desiree van der Walt, who collected a number of the books in boxes on Monday morning, said she was shocked to find the Mandela biography.

The education department has promised to deliver textbooks to Limpopo pupils by Wednesday after it was taken to court for failing to have the books ready at the beginning of the school year.

Since then, the DA has issued the media with a picture of textbooks being destroyed in the province.
The education department has said it is investigating how and why the books were dumped.

  • Scouter - 2012-06-26 10:35

    Hardly surprising, the current ANC leadership have spent the past few years systematically shredding Mandela's legacy.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-26 10:45

      As far as the anc is concerned Mandela is history, his legacy is history, his relevance to the anc is history. Viva Mandela! Viva DA!

      Sharon - 2012-06-26 10:49

      Well said!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 10:52

      lol, this story is funny. one tends to throw away books that you don't know how to read

      Freedom - 2012-06-26 11:27

      Well said Scouter.

      Kala - 2012-06-26 11:38

      Should we be surprised by this? The anc have destroyed the country. What is the destruction of a few books to them. They couldn't even be bothered to recycle the paper, they just dumped it in the nearby veld. So the destroyed some valuable literature and the enviroment in one swoop.

      dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-26 11:42

      agree. mandela represents progress and democracy which the anc do not know the meaning off.

      gordon.trevat - 2012-06-26 11:54

      Who would have thought..... Mandela's ideologies fit better with the DA than with the ANC

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-06-26 12:00

      Get rid of Angie and her crew - they are useless!!! All the lies and cover-ups that happen are just shameful. Not one of them deserves their jobs!

      Harald - 2012-06-26 14:45

      nicly put... and so true. Sad.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-06-26 10:39

    It's an indication of how much value they place in books and learning.

  • chaapo.sithole - 2012-06-26 10:39

    Casting pearls to pigs - they haven't the vaguest idea of what to do with the literature so it comes as no surprise. That is what comes from having a leadership that is functionally illiterate.

  • Alan - 2012-06-26 10:42

    JuJu is the new Mandela, they haven't heard of Shakespeare and the cure for Aids is turnips, so why would Limpopo need these books?

  • Henk - 2012-06-26 10:44

    Shakespeare is so old!!!! We need new BEE writers!!!!

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-26 10:50

      shake your spear at shakespeare

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 10:52

      stop being a racist, you're just saying that cause Shakespeare was black

      vlarismam - 2012-06-26 10:54

      Ja nee anc, wikkel willem se spies!

      Alan - 2012-06-26 11:15

      hahahaha, Charlie, I rarely chuckle at your comments, but that one got me, shot bud

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-06-26 11:37

      to BEE or not to BEE, that is the question.

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-06-26 11:52

      Well the BEE drama's will just be "Oh poor, poor us! Such victims! Horrid racists have kept us down!" Quite predictable. BRILLIANT comments @martin, @Charlie and @nrqx.nrq !!

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-26 12:01

      @henk.jansevanrensburg.16 Shakespeare has been translated into Zulu, among hundreds of other languages. PS: What does a "BEE writer" look like? What does it write? Does it use batteries and have an on/off switch?

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-26 10:45

    As far as the anc is concerned Mandela is history, his legacy is history, his relevance to the anc is history. Viva Mandela! Viva DA!

  • shalner.adonis - 2012-06-26 10:50

    this makes me so angry. i'm thinking a lot of swear words right now!!!!!

  • farmfreund - 2012-06-26 10:51

    what more proof do you need keep the black uneducated!!!!!!!!!!!! Votela votela

      Schmee - 2012-06-26 11:29

      The more uneducated they remain, the less likely it is that they can think for themselves and vote for anything other than ANC.

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-06-26 11:59

      It looks like the ANC department of education are determined to do that themselves, @farmfreund. NOT a good idea at all. Ignorance is what has put our country in the position it's in now. It's what prevents people from seeing incompetence, creates faulty logic and a belief of impossible promises. In other words, a lack of education creates ANC supporters, the ANCYL and Malema types!

  • Anthony - 2012-06-26 10:55

    tHE MINISTER SAID THEY WERE "OLD" books in poor condition. She doesnt know her A$$ from her Elb0w. Fire the useless liar , but then again, she will just be replaced by another incompetent.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-06-26 12:01

      Agreed Anthony!

  • willie.dique - 2012-06-26 10:58

    The Limpopo Education Department has no idea what the word management means. Textbooks shortages, Teachers not getting salaries, Teachers not getting appointed etc.....It is time for a huge change in the Education of Limpopo.

  • Jane - 2012-06-26 11:01

    This is disgusting! Typical of the ANC's lack of common sense. Those books could have been donated to libraries, or any school. Hell they could have handed them out for free on street corners. But no, in true ANC style, lets just burn it, pathetic.

  • gerrie.venter.16 - 2012-06-26 11:05

    where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people also -Heinrich Heine

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-06-26 11:14

    SO WHAT if Mandela bio was among the books ,was it the only one worth saving ? There were other books tsa bo OK Matsepe , MJ Madiba , N Ndebele , HC Bosman etc . This is a mess as it is and now Desiree wants get extra mileage out of this just by mentioning the Mandela name Helen Zille style of course

      Glenn Stein - 2012-06-26 11:19

      No my friend, it's called 'politics' style. Are you saying that the ANC wouldn't try get 'extra mileage' from this situation if the roles weren't reversed?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-26 11:30

      Glenn I did not make mention of a political party here as you did , I am only disappointed in Desiree herself since I know here for years and was never one to take cheap political pot shots

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-26 11:47

      am wondering if this is the same Glenn Stein I know

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-06-26 12:06

      Mqayi - saying that mentioning Helen Zille is not mentioning a political party is like saying mentioning Zuma's utterances has nothing to do with the ANC. ALL the destroyed books have value, you have a stong point but without a determined Opposition party to bring attention to this sort of thing (for whatever motive), it would never cease. Which is why any government needs strong opposition, for the sake of balance and discipline and I urge YOU to vote for DA (as the strongest of the opposition parties) for that reason, regardless of whether you fully approve of them or not.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-26 14:14

      Lorna A lot of people still vote for whichever party for the sake of balance and I am not one of them, you remind me of some of the ANC MPs who voted for Joe Seremane when he was nominated against Kgalema Motlanthe

  • rick.coetzee.7 - 2012-06-26 11:17

    And lets not forget she wrote a letter to Anis Karodia thanking him for his STERLING WORK !!??

  • Moi - 2012-06-26 11:19

    Are these people bloody daft??? Did it not occur to them to have the damaged books repaired and donate the lot to a mobile library???? All the countless kids out there that don't have any access to books and these morons destroy a whole lot....good grief.

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-06-26 11:33

    taking the mindless populism of ANCYL, allowed by the ANC, to its logical conclusion. Why read books when your leaders can shout slogans and the 'people' just have to march!

  • andriesdt - 2012-06-26 11:35

    Are we now comparing the Mandela biography with the Bible and the Koran?

      Kala - 2012-06-26 11:48

      What story are you reading???

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-06-26 12:11

      Stop being pointlessly provocative Andries, religious books are not the issue here. Mandela is supposedly a revered ex-leader of the party that's now destroying his biography, the point being made is the irony of THAT.

  • Freddyvdm - 2012-06-26 11:35

    Why so surprised? its Just the ANC doing what the ANC does best!F things up!

  • Regan - 2012-06-26 11:36

    in my house, i teach my kids that books are sacred and to be treated with the utmost respect. shame on Angie for allowing this

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-06-26 11:36

    We expect nothing better from these buffoons! This is the result of everything being handed out free! No value or appreciation for anything and no thoughts for anyone but themselves!!!!

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-26 11:38

    'The education department has said it is investigating how and why the books were dumped.' what investigation? -

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-26 11:40

    the standard of the text books were too high for anc education system.they would have battled to achieve a 30% pass in history or english.

  • mari.sciarappa - 2012-06-26 11:47

    It is a sin to waste literature. Shame on all of them

  • rickvcooper - 2012-06-26 11:47

    There are just too many stupid people 'governing' South Africa.

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-06-26 11:48

    Don't be surprised why books have a receding market in the country!!

  • Adrian - 2012-06-26 11:48


      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-26 12:45

      Fire them all.

  • Clive - 2012-06-26 11:52

    Why burn the books ? Have no one heard of recycling ?

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-06-26 12:14

      or reading?

  • harley.quin.334 - 2012-06-26 11:55

    where are all the ANC apologists that usualy troll these forums??

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-06-26 12:16

      They saw something about literature and education and knew it couldn't have anything to do with them!

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-06-26 13:00

      lorna, sad but probably true,lol

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-06-26 11:56

    There's an opportunity to setup a book repairs shop in Limpopo

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-26 12:12

    Nothing short of a bunch of trolls running the educational system in this country. To BEE or not to BEE, that is the question.

  • Michael Varikas - 2012-06-26 12:20

    Can I get some tax money back????

  • laurie.searle.9 - 2012-06-26 12:29

    Shredding books that are usable is inexcusable. What is more scary is the amount of money involved. The National Dept. of Education procured the books that are required for R300 odd million while the original tender that was awarded was for R1,3 billion. That is also inexcusable. The fat cats get fatter. There will never be a better life for all while this sort of coruption is tollerated.

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-06-26 12:29

    Gives a new meaning to the expression: "If you want to hide something from a black man put it in a book."

  • nathan.davies.1257 - 2012-06-26 13:20

    Majority of the masses who vote ANC are uneducated. So why would educational books not finding their way to the uneducated be a bad thing.....for some.

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-06-26 13:56

    Despots and dictators resort to destroying anything and everyone that is able to highlight their failures. This once again proves that the Luthuli House think tank are unable to deploy cadre's that will deliver the better future promised.

  • di.hingley - 2012-06-26 23:27

    Even if these books are no longer used in the curriculum, the content is still the same so an educator can still use them or these books can be used to promote reading, how dare the DOE destroy these valuable resources!!!!

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