Protector investigating textbook cases

2012-07-26 10:06

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is investigating textbook cases in three provinces, a breakfast briefing heard on Thursday.

"We have also written to the department of basic education and asked them to state what is being done to prevent this from happening again...and whether it is clear what books should be delivered to who by what time," Madonsela told The New Age breakfast briefing.

Her office was investigating three complaints regarding textbooks.

One was the recent destruction of books in Limpopo where a contractor claimed they were being paid by government to shred the books. The investigation was to find out whether there was any maladministration in that regard, she said.

The second case was a complaint about some schools in the Free State that had not received textbooks yet.

"In Gauteng we have one complaint that books for next year have not been approved yet," said Madonsela.

Government task teams

Madonsela said her office came in late into the textbook saga and found that government had appointed task teams to investigate.

She said there were some informal complaints about schools in the Eastern Cape that did not have enough teachers.

"We want the department to give us an indication of what has been the level of compliance in all provinces this year and what mechanisms are in place to make sure that these problems do not happen again next year."

Madonsela said depending on the outcomes of the investigations, she would indicate to the department what should be done to remedy the situation.

Minister Angie Motshekga was in Limpopo meeting stakeholders in education. She also met MEC Dickson Masemola on Tuesday.

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-07-26 10:18

    Thuli is the only sane person in this government

      Squeegee - 2012-07-26 10:24

      Even with evidence Zipper will do nothing, except perhaps propose.

      Pierre - 2012-07-26 10:40

      I like Thuli. She does her job. A bit to late though if you ask me. But better later than never.

      oom.koos.7 - 2012-07-26 10:56

      We must give the ANC some credit...when they mess up...they REALLY do it properly..

      MallyGold - 2012-07-26 11:15

      The ANC are absolutely consistent: They never fail to disappoint us!!

      Daniel - 2012-07-26 11:42

      If she's the future of the party then we have lots to look forward to... one can only hope

      Walter - 2012-07-26 11:49

      Daniel, I wouldn't be surprised if ever she was ANC, she's now changed her political leanings, haven't learned how fraudulent, devious and simply incompetent many of the hierarchy in the party (ANC)are. Vote DA in 2014 to stop the cANCer as someone so aptly put's it!

  • moss.montshiwa - 2012-07-26 10:19

    To avoid re-occurence Angie MUST peacefully leave the Dept.

      tooka.loosh - 2012-07-26 11:40

      Not going to happen!. She's going to award herself a hefty bonus this year and carry on not giving a $#!T.

      braamc - 2012-07-26 15:53

      She must f%^ck off

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-26 10:21

    Name and shame these incompetants and make sure they are removed! Dont let up! You have a lot of courage and we are behind you!!!

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-26 10:48

      as if its gonna make a difference. angie has been named and shamed, what has happened? NOTHING

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-26 10:34

    Motshekga must go.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-26 10:35

    The PP's involvement at this stage is just going to be a wasteful expenditure exercise because the ANC has already investigated themselves and found HF Verwoerd to be man behind the textbook delivery delays.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-07-26 11:29

      @Themba You hit the nail on the head.... well said !

      jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-07-26 11:33

      You just made my day HAHAHA!!! This is going to be my Facebook status! Motshekga should quite now!!!!

  • freda.peens - 2012-07-26 10:45

    If the Dept ordered the text book from Verwoerd I can understand the delay. He passed away a long time ago, Themba

  • Sipho Mabusela - 2012-07-26 10:50

    finally there is a step towards the right direction in the text book issue.

  • pisciotta - 2012-07-26 11:10

    Seems the loss of text books has been occuring for sometime. ".. to who and by what time" should be ".. to whom and by what time". Education is a terrible thing to waste. A very simple English rule explained in textbooks: Who = subject. Whom = object. Picky point, but the topic is Education. Madonsela seems to be on the right track and I wish her success. But it does appear text books have been missing for quite some time in SA.

  • musamuskid - 2012-07-26 11:12

    I trust her work. No favour. No prejudice

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-07-26 11:36

    Ms Thuli Madonsela is an asset to our country. Just wish we had more south africans of her high ethics and morals. May she continue with her important and neccessary work

  • rice.safari - 2012-07-26 11:40

    Thuli for President!! The danger is that Thuli is under resourced and is being flooded with things to investigate. That means only selective cases can be investigated before the efficiency of the PP is downgraded. Evil will flourish in dark corners until the PP is given more resources. BUT it is more likely the PP will be given marching orders as were the Scorpions when they became too efficient for the governments liking.

  • braamc - 2012-07-26 15:53

    This women must be so tired of the incompetent thieving corrupt f$%cken ANC

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-26 17:55

    The Minister must go. Where does the 'buck' stop?

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