Textbooks: Sadtu wants thorough probe

2012-10-10 21:08

Johannesburg - An investigation into the conduct of basic education director general Bobby Soobrayan must leave no stone unturned, teacher union Sadtu said on Wednesday.

"We don’t want to see a repeat of [the] Limpopo saga in 2013," the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) said in a statement.

"We give the minister seven days to operationalise (sic) the president’s [Jacob Zuma] instruction."

Last week, a report of the presidential task team into late textbook deliveries in Limpopo recommended that Soobrayan be investigated. Based on the report, Zuma had decided that the Public Service Commission should investigate Soobrayan.

This related to, among others, Soobrayan's alleged indecisiveness on receipt of a letter from the textbook publishers in December last year. In the letter, the publishers reminded him that pupil teacher support materials had not been ordered for the Limpopo education department.

Soobrayan also apparently failed to provide the necessary support when the Limpopo education department was placed under national administration.

Sadtu condemned what it said was Soobrayan's running to the media to plead his innocence. This showed contempt for government processes and institutions.

The teachers' union also expressed shock at the department of basic education's advert in newspapers, defending itself after a Section27 application at the High Court in Pretoria.

"Instead of the director general wasting the public funds by placing advertisements in the newspapers trying to clear his name, he should use every available avenue to inform the nation if books are going to be delivered on time in 2013," it said.

Sadtu called on Zuma not to allow anyone to stand in his way of delivering quality public education.

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-10 21:19

    What about old Ange herself. She is the main culprit, but then she is Jacob's friend.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-10 21:29

      @bibi and also in charge of ANCWL so Zoomer needs her.

  • kim.buren - 2012-10-10 21:21

    Can someone please check first that the investigators have indeed read a few textbooks themselves

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-10 21:47

    if it takes one person ( bobby ) to do such damage, then this government is indeed a joke.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-10-10 22:04

    Probe this, investigate that, commission of enquiry, reviews, go to court, lawyer's fees out of our ears ... And so it goes. You know, if everyone just did their jobs like their supposed to, the students would have had books in order to get the education they so desperately need, and none of this wasteful expendature would have been necessary. Why can't these people conceive the magnitude of damages they cause to society and to our future? - 2012-10-10 22:26

      More task teams, more investigations, more money. I'm with you. Employ the right person for the right job. But we all know why that is not an option!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-10 23:24

      We're a demockery. We have to take govt to court to make them do any work. They ignore every court order handed down, retire, pension, put people on leaves of absence. Use every law and tricks to protect them from being accountable. Then stand up and ask to be voted again.

  • Johnson - 2012-10-10 22:15

    Surley it is time for the community as a whole to stand up against the fruitless expenditure and wastage of government. Strike action brought Marikana mine worker their 12500 rand. Strike action against paying tax until this government will introduce systems of transparent procurement should be the way for every law abiding citizen of this country. Government claims pro - anti corruption but does little in the form of real action or counter measure to prevent this practice from continuing in our society - I am for strike action against tax who is with me on this.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-10 23:27

      Unless you have the bucks to take them through a lengthy and expensive court process. People stand-up every single day with riots, protests. You read N24. It makes no never mind until you can drag them into court.

  • mboneni.malalamavhi - 2012-10-10 22:32


  • Andrea - 2012-10-11 09:04

    If anybody can point out a single person in Govt who is actually equipped in both intellect and experience to do their jobs, point this person out to me. I have an empty frame looking for a photo.

  • mzondistanley - 2012-10-11 10:37

    Soobrayan, what are you waiting for if you can't cope then resign so that an able bodied person can take over!! If you can't jump on your own then He should be pushed!!

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