Textbooks: Vlakplaas man speaks

2012-07-08 15:45

Johannesburg - Apartheid-era Vlakplaas police death squad commander and convicted murderer Dirk Coetzee has lifted the lid on how EduSolutions, the firm contracted by the state to buy and deliver textbooks across South Africa, does its business.

Coetzee worked for EduSolutions as a security consultant and has made a host of revelations.

According to him:

» He saw books being hidden instead of sent to schools;
» He personally introduced EduSolutions founder Shaun Battlemann to President Jacob Zuma;
» Battlemann’s business relationship with a former education department director guaranteed lucrative government contracts; and
» EduSolutions had powerful influence over education officials in various provinces.

EduSolutions has contracts to purchase and deliver textbooks to schools in Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Anis Karodia, the former Limpopo education department administrator, claimed he was pressured by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to keep using this company despite serious contractual irregularities.

Coetzee’s key claims have been independently confirmed by five other sources, including business associates, former employees and others with direct knowledge of EduSolutions’ affairs.

Coetzee was exposed in 1989 as the commander of a security police unit.

He left the country and joined the ANC in exile, returning in 1993 to work for the National Intelligence Service.

Convicted of murder, he received amnesty from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Coetzee earlier recalled finding “tens of thousands” of textbooks hidden in a Gauteng warehouse four years ago.

He said he was tipped off by an EduSolutions employee. The warehouse was close to the company’s official warehouse in Northriding, Johannesburg.

“Twelve truck and trailer loads of undelivered books were dumped in this warehouse. And when I talk about trucks, I mean 30 ton vehicles.”

Three other EduSolutions sources confirm that the delivery systems were a mess and that government was ¬routinely provided with false reports of 100% delivery.

Coetzee said he introduced Battlemann to Zuma.

Zuma “handled” Coetzee after he left the  country and changed sides.

Coetzee said Battlemann flew him and other EduSolutions officials to France’s 2007 Rugby World Cup.

“We were standing outside the stadium drinking beer before one of the first matches when someone shouted my name. It was Zuma. I introduced him to Battlemann.”

Coetzee said Battlemann got to know Zuma “much better” and flew in his helicopter to the president’s rural estate at Nkandla.

Battlemann “champions” the Jacob Zuma Education RDP Trust.

Coetzee met Battlemann through the education department’s Salama Hendricks, who had worked with him.

Hendricks is linked to another big education controversy, as co-founder of Lebone Group Holdings.

Last year, reports said Lebone’s sister firm, Lebone Litho Printers, won school workbook tenders worth R250m.

The printers claimed to have no link with Hendricks.

National education department director general Bobby Soobrayan was at the time engaged to be married to Hendricks’ daughter.

Coetzee said he met Hendricks while she was director of Early Childhood Development and Schools.

She left to work with Battlemann and was a director of Edu-Logistical Solutions.

Coetzee said: “She was central in helping Battlemann to get textbook contracts. She has very high contacts in government.”

EduSolutions responds

EduSolutions confirmed on Saturday that Dirk Coetzee had been employed by the company and that he introduced company founder Shaun Battlemann to President Jacob Zuma in 2007.

However, it denied any impropriety.

“Coetzee was the group risk head and if he had uncovered any wrongdoing whatsoever he had all the opportunity in the world to bring it to the attention of the authorities. We take serious issue with the allegations you allege Coetzee has made,” said Ian Small-Smith, a lawyer for EduSolutions.

He confirmed Salama Hendricks was an “ex-employee”, but offered no details.

He denied that Battlemann had flown to Nkandla by helicopter to meet Zuma, saying Battlemann did not “own a helicopter”.

Battlemann had met Zuma on matters relating to the president’s charitable trust “always in the presence of the chairperson of the trust, Sizwe Shezi”, Small-Smith said.

Department of Basic Education

A department of basic education spokesperson said that EduSolutions was appointed in Gauteng when Angie Motshekga was MEC for social development and that when the contract was renewed, it was handled by Gauteng Shared Services, which reported to the provincial finance department and not the education ministry.

Other questions were referred to the Gauteng education ministry.

Soobrayan and Lebone

Basic Education director-general Bobby Soobrayan denied any improper relationship with Salama Hendricks, but confirmed he had been in a relationship with her daughter, Fatima, which he says he ended in April last year.

He said he became aware of her former employment at EduSolutions only after starting his relationship with her daughter.

“I’m not aware of whether she may have assisted EduSolutions to obtain tenders,” he said, adding this had occurred before he became director general.

He said: “EduSolutions does not and has never had a contract with the department of basic education or any other institution over which I had/have direct control. We are open to a full and thorough investigation of the tender process by a competent state authority.”

Keith Michael, an owner of Lebone Group and Lebone Litho Printers, would not provide City Press with contact details for Salama Hendricks.

He said: “(She) is not involved with EduSolutions; she’s involved with Lebone and Lebone Group Holdings, not Lebone Litho Printers.”

He claimed Lebone Holdings was closed following “underhanded dealings” involving a partner.

Records show Hendricks was a director of Edu-Logistical Solutions, along with Battlemann.

“She has not done consultancy work for Lebone Litho, she comes in from time to time to do the other company’s work,” Michael said.

Lebone Litho is a joint venture with Paarl Media, a Media24 company.

  • mandy.cox.1257 - 2012-07-08 10:26

    How can any sane person possibly want another term of office for Zuma? As long as he is president there can be no achievable moral high ground in South Africa. Let him go, and spend his twilight years giggling benignly with his grandchildren (a full time job in itself).

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-08 16:09

      And the walls are really starting to crumble right here before the election year. I wonder what will be the next turn in this story. Yip, and it seems as if another African is deprived of a house, a job, food, whist the rich are getting richer (in government). And you guys want to trust this party with our mines and you believe the will hand you farms - I want to laugh, but this is just to serious a matter.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-08 16:31

      Eish ,The plot just gets thicker This Coetzee fellow is also a busy body and true to his nature once again an undercover agent for somebody.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-08 16:47

      @christelle - Elections are in 2014. The presidential nominee will be decided at Mangaung at the end of this year. We have another 18 months of this to get thru. Not sure how much more the citizens of this country can take. We need to hear a PLAN, definable, measurable goals and to see meaningful action taken against all these very naughty people

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-08 17:12

      Lacrimose - thanx for correction. Don't know why I thought it to be 2013 - maybe the term has just been far too long

      RabbleRouser - 2012-07-08 17:28

      Zuma has just institutionalised corruption. Cronyism and polulism is the trademark of his presidency. But the gullible sheep as too thick to see that.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 19:36

      There are many people who are able to reveal a great deal about the current ANC leadership - most of us are just biding our time, for the moment.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-08 22:15

      'How can any sane person possibly want another term of office for Zuma?' Easy, rather the devil you know. Who ever replace Zuma will bring Malema back for support and will listen to the ANCYL. Anyway, who do you think is worthy to be president in the ANC? They are all corrupt and bad excuses for human beings.

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-09 09:12

      How can any sane person possibly want another term of office for Zuma? Easy Mandy, they are insane, and retarded to boot.

      duane.loubser - 2012-07-09 10:04

      Maybe someone can help me understand. It seems like they were paid the money to buy the textbooks, they then spent money to purchase the textbooks, they then also spent the money to have the textbooks delivered to a central point but then they left all the textbooks in the warehouse? So they basically adhered to 85% of their expenses anyway. Why didn't they just spend that last 15% (or whatever it is) and have the books delivered to the various schools? It's not like they received cash and kept it why not complete the last little bit of the job i.e. the delivery

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:05

      We are open to a full and thorough investigation of the tender process "by a competent state authority” Whahahahah, hahahaha, they are totally safe then arent they!

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-08 11:18

    This dcik of a president together with his organisation are thoroughly destroying the future of our country for their own corrupt and greedy interests and to make sure that there is enough uneducated and illiterate voting fodder for the worst political party in existence in South Africa rite now - the ANC. U will always b exposed of who u really are, stupid president!!

      Henk - 2012-07-08 16:31

      And the masses are still going to vote for them.....

      rowen.loretz - 2012-07-08 20:15

      somehow Zuma's name appears on all articles of corruption and fraud...eish

      merven.halo - 2012-07-08 22:16

      Sad but true henk.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:12

      Actually what is coming out more and more in the wash is that all the rotten corrupt murderous NP people from the Apartheid Regime have been hired by the ANC for their experience, to train the new "Regime" !!! I wonder if he also consults to the new death squads, you know, the ones from KZN for example.

  • lessy.lester - 2012-07-08 12:58

    It is just getting better and better and better. The ANC, without any doubt, has established itself as the MOST CORRUPT and IMMORAL organization in the world. Wonder HOW they are going to blame apartheid for this mess? Once again, it is proved: keep the masses illiterate and uneducated and make empty promises and they will vote for you time after time after time as they do not have the intellect and reasoning ability to comprehend what the ANC is doing/has done to this country. Look at the Free State for example: infrastructure, totally destroyed, but they voted Ace back as premier?? Only uneducated and illiterate people will do that! Viva ANC, viva CORRUPTION and INCOMPETENCE, viva!!!

      Ian - 2012-07-08 17:05

      yes and who contracted these companies, yip your very own limpopo education dept, why is that, I guess they wanted the job done properly, thats why

      Richard - 2012-07-08 17:19

      @Victor: Sorry but you are not one of the 'masses'. You have a job and a future. When you vote ANC it is because you feel your life is better because of them. Unfortunately the 'masses' vote for the ANC despite their lives being worse because of them.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-08 18:06

      This company is owned by Whites. Yes. anc whites! Corruption is not racist, it affects all races. In South Africa the corruption is predominantly anc. Another good reason to vote DA!

      tobydt - 2012-07-08 18:51

      Shaun Battleman isnt white. Hes a BMF member.

      lessy.lester - 2012-07-09 00:36

      @victor Please point out one, JUST ONE, place where I blamed Blacks? or Whites? Or Brown people? I blame the damn ANC which I hate with a passion. The ANC is corrupt and incompetent. PERIOD. Do not always make a racist issue out of everything. Time for you bud to consider WHY you are voting ANC? Afraid of the anties? Go Anties!!

      audrey.lang.10 - 2012-07-09 02:58

      @ victor. Shaun Battleman is NOT white. And also, it's not about race. Why do white people have to keep reminding black people that it's not about race, it's about behavior. We hate the ANC, not because they're black, but because they are destroying SA.

      adrian.strydom - 2012-07-09 08:02

      @Victor.rapulane.....always a good idea to check your facts before you open your mouth.....have a look at Shaun Battleman is really a dark Whitey !! Political analyst ? Really ??

      raath - 2012-07-09 10:33

      @Victor - you are a political analyst? Really? How ironic that you vote ANC... Surely you would know of better?

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-09 11:01

      Victor - Isn’t it funny that the story started with poor little black children in Limpopo, South Africa, who have not received schoolbooks for six months and everywhere one looked and followed the trail of money and corruption, there was a corrupt black person behind it, from the supplier of the books to the President of South Africa, Congolese warlords, NBA sport stars, Nigerian businessmen right up to the socialist black Kenyan president of the USA. Corruption everywhere and then they want to tell us they care about the children and education.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-09 11:17

      Victor, if you are part of the problem you need to be insulted. If you are a political analyst and you keep voting for today's ANC with Zuma as it's leader, you have failed in your analysis.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-07-09 11:36

      @victor.rapulane - Battleman's previous name was Muhammed. Seems Zuma is well connected with a couple of Indians. The Guptas, the Shaicks, including the guys that helped bring Aurora mine to its knees. However, there are many white business people involved in corruption with politicians. Aurecon JV which was paid additional R2 mil every month by Limpopo education dept is but one example.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:17

      actually it seems more and more that most the apartheid era dutchies are in this boat with them!

      philip.d.bruyn - 2012-07-09 15:55

      @victor.rapulane You are just confirming that ANC supporters do not understand what is going on around them. Shaun Battleman is a member of the Black Management Forum, and he is NOT WHITE. Does not sound to me that you are a very good political analyst, and jet, like you say, YOU VOTE ANC!

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-07-08 13:25

    Whom will this textbook chapter be closed and by whom? Vlakplaak Coetzee opens a new one- rugby, helicopters, 30 tons trucks.

      Henk - 2012-07-08 16:28

      It will be closed by the DA when they are in power! Until then we will have to be happy with Cadre incompetence!

      merven.halo - 2012-07-10 08:08

      Lol Henk, that will never happen. Do you really think the ANC will ever hand back the power and tenders etc?

  • Ian - 2012-07-08 16:34

    nothing surprising here, come on trolls tell us its a plot and racist, idiots

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:26

      It is a plot and it certainly IS racist. It is aplot to see who can win the race to be the richest and most powerful man in South Africa

  • mlondolozi.matshini - 2012-07-08 16:35

    now that explains everything. scandalas pigs!

  • wanderering.wanderer - 2012-07-08 16:35

    Dirk Coetzee this name saisd it all, How log did he Know this? there is a crime against conceiling any criminal act?. Maybe this shows the true integrity of this person who is the self righteous, feel sorry for me, I did it under pressure CRIMINAL. He should be investigated and charged for conceiling this crime against our children. En ja Dirk vat my aan ek wag, julle het eerbare polisie manne van die 80's baie skade aangerig, ek hoop die Liewe Vader het genade vir jou want ek het nie.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 19:46

      Every member of any security service has knowledge of a thousand and one crimes Wanderer. Sorry to introduce you to the 'real' world.

  • CHRISTOS52 - 2012-07-08 16:36

    Day by day I loose confidence in thi Government lead by ANC becouse of corruption ,how they will run mines in the so called Nationalization .

      Ian - 2012-07-08 16:47

      they will sell it all and blow it on premium alcohol and parties

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:31

      I admire you Sir! You must have tonns of confidence then to still have some to loose after 18 years.

  • Gerhard Mostert - 2012-07-08 16:44

    victor I suspect that you are one of those self appointed political analists with a grade 6 in the ANC school system . Ass

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-10 21:29

      ..I know victor..had to observe and supervise him in Weskoppies Mental institution. He is a fraud, imposter and suffers seriously from Delutions of grandeur! Dont take him seriously. Shame - I feel sorry for the poor fool

  • braamc - 2012-07-08 16:44

    Nothing but thieving corrupt criminals from the bottom to that shower head useless thing

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-07-08 16:47

    Are supposed to believe the guy who made this revelations? Why did he withhold the information until now? Isn't he supposed to be locked up he didn't let the authorities know about corruption. At what point does this report prove corruption if there was any? Isn't he guilty of failing our kids of education since he knew about the warehouse where the books have been kept? Just asking

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-08 17:09

      No Sika, your government and the department of education is failing our kids - WAKE UP F@#k

      tobydt - 2012-07-08 17:52

      sika - Yeah, I agree. This guy is just as guilty as Angie.

      Erna - 2012-07-08 18:14

      First of all - we all know what happens to whistle blowers. Secondly - common denominator is that they all belong to the anc.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 22:16

      Oh for Heaven's sake sika - wake up to the real world. Unpleasant truths abound in this life - and some of those truths rest as uncomfortably with the perpatrator as much as the respondant.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-08 22:25

      Face the facts sika. It is impossible to be ANC and not be corrupt.

      hein.huyser - 2012-07-09 06:36

      Sika, read the article again. He tried to warn insiders about the books in the warehouse. He was just the security manager. Those who made the decisions must be called to answer. From top to bottom, all must account for their actiona. I bet you that this situation occurs in other provinces as well. Wait and see@

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:34

      hein.huyser I suggest you read the article again, your poor innocent security "guard" is a convicted murderer and ran death squads.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-09 15:11

      @scebberish.umfazi - the same as the terrorist Chris Hani.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-08 16:50

    This is 'textbook' ANC. The problem is there are so many problems and issues needing task teams and investigative committees, that there's little time left to do their jobs.

  • Brilliantx - 2012-07-08 16:53

    This story exposes that capitalists don't care about the education of our children. They were paid to deliver those books, but chose to dump them in a warehouse. That's how evil a human heart can be. One other aspect exposed is the pretentious use of African language names as guise for BEE. The so called Lebone Group Holdings is now exposed and must be charged. Coetzee must also face the music for his complicity in this crime for not reporting what he saw. Tax money was being wasted and all he did was watch as if is a movie. I hope this has alerted our President never to trust those crooks who don't care about the education of a black child. From now on, all supply chain companies must be probed for sabbotage of our government. The do all these things in order to discredit our movement.

      pws69 - 2012-07-08 17:24

      You do a BRILLIANT job of discrediting yourselves. Did you miss the part about EduSolutions/Battleman being a patron of ZUMAs education trust. Remeber how Malema used his "trust"? Mmm, gotta wonder then where the money donated to Zumas trust goes, don't we? If it is ANC is a dishonest, it is corruption, it a a pig trying to keep its head in the trough for as long as possible. And criminal scum like EduSolutions will just take advantage of it.

      tobydt - 2012-07-08 18:48

      Shaun Battleman isnt a white dude. Hes a proud member of the black management forum. Eish, its sad how these dudes are destroying the education of black kids.

      ulindi.heerden - 2012-07-09 13:27

      LOL, funny how people are so blinded to the truth by all the rubbish they get brainwashed with by the cANCer... The problem is not the businesses ("capitalists") as much as it is the corrupt government of ours going ahead with these deals...capitalist care about making money by any means possibly, so its more understandable if they go about things in an unconventional way (not saying it's right!) -however, government is the one not caring about education and the children (their job!)by going ahead with these corrupt deals...whether it was initiated by the ANC or the company involved. The onus is on the Gov. We have the wrong people "leading" our country!

      grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-07-11 03:15

      Your movement? Is that your bowel movement?

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-07-08 17:43

    Well now we know why we have so many People Follow sheep in this country....VIVA ANC you are doing our kids proud.Please keep Voting for the ANC.They are doing our Country Proud..... What a Joke.

  • burtfred.brown - 2012-07-08 17:48

    I have been in the printing industry for nearly 40 years. We all know where and how Keith Michael and his pals at Lebone Litho and Renforms get their contracts with government. They are members of the ANC.

  • liam.costello.50746 - 2012-07-08 17:54

    I like the fact that news24 has self-professed that it's holding company is in a joint venture with one of the allegedly crooked ones above. Let's get these guys booked...not for the rugby; for Pollsmoor.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-08 17:54

    This is explosive. Adios Zuma! Viva DA!

  • godesha - 2012-07-08 18:28

    What a complicated story, but this is just what I expected to read. Wonder how much in kick-backs good old Angie and her cronies received.

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-08 18:30

    Best solution, perhaps not the final solution, would be to hold a mass congress at Vlakplaas, please ensure all corrupt ANC officials stay guess we'd need a complete new cabinet in the morning.

  • Erna - 2012-07-08 18:37

    @victor.rapulane - Just because they have 'white' names doesn't make them white. I read somewhere that Shaun Battleman was not born with that name and he is not white. In any case, the common link is that they are all members of the corrupt anc and pals of the president!

      Twolips - 2012-07-09 11:26

      He used to be Mohamed Ismail.

  • Henk - 2012-07-08 18:57 Bloody liar!!!!

      hendrikvs - 2012-07-08 19:15

      Extremely interesting!!! Thanks Henk.

      sharon.ackerman.77 - 2012-07-08 19:59

      Rags to Riches: Shaun Battleman - Activist, Teacher, Entrepreneur Now we can add criminal to this headline also

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-09 22:15

      Nice link Henk, but then again what's new in the reign of the corrupt cancer that is ANC government (or lack thereof). Just how good was the Apartheid infrastructure that it managed to survive the reign of these barbaric corrupt individuals. It is starting to show cracks now, but from 1994 to 2012 is a damn good run without any or little maintenance or improvements. Luckily the cracks are also starting to show in the ANC.

  • Sharlene - 2012-07-08 18:57

    Let the fun begin, just knew that the plot will thicken!!!!!Down ANC Viva DA

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-07-08 19:05

    money and self-enrichment are more important to the anc than education. This proves it.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-07-08 19:43

    probably apartheids fault and now i know what happens at anc meeting they dont talk about better policies and poverty answers ,they just rather sit and scheme how to enrich themselves and the elite few while the poor man still votes for them while he's getting screwed special place in hell for them hopefully some one will send there quickly.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-08 20:41

      you forgot to mention the song and dance routines

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-07-08 20:07

    Hoekom leef hierdie boks nog ?

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-08 20:32

    How much is a ticket to Australia ?

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-09 22:19

      Aussie is very selective of who they allow in their country. No room for pro-ANC nor apartheid blamers. Not saying you're either. Quantas one way probably about 10k!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-08 20:34

    this is stuff that makes people refer to as ruling party as cANCer

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-09 22:16

      Yes ANCancer.

  • Gerry Klos - 2012-07-08 21:25

    ANC = Absolutely No Credibility

  • magomarele - 2012-07-08 22:46

    I knew it. Zuma is reponsible for poor education in this country because himself didn't get any education. He wants to destroy the future of poor children in Limpopo. This tribalist Zuma character must go. Enough is enough. All he cares about is his pocket. Sexwale must take over in Mangaung.

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-07-10 03:05

      Mr. Sexwale owns two wine farms, one in Franschhoek and one in Durbanville. These areas are rather far away from Limpopo. The Franschhoek High School is in a state of disgrace. The swimming pool is void of water unless it rains a lot and nature reclaimed the sport fields. Mr. Sexwale's children are and were never enrolled at the Franschhoek High School, which is attended by only black learners at the moment. My word of advice is to demand sending your children to school with the children of our leaders.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-09 06:28

    I have been charged with many more and more serious things. My loyal and ignorant supporters got me off the hook. I will do as I like, and my party members will take what they want. I will get my new planes and we will enjoy the best luxury that money can buy. You peasants should really stop complaining and pay more tax.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-07-09 06:30

    Funny how Bantu Education was - and still is - being condemned, but it was a far better system than that of today. Back then Bantu Education kids learned the three 'R's' (Reading, (W)riting, (A)rithmetic)and were required to pass their exams - especially Matric - with far higher percentages than today. Prior to 1976 these people studied to get somewhere in life and did not trash, burn, destroy everything in their path, but many attended university, becoming doctors, lawyers, scientists, educators, and during their SCHOOL years, they always received ALL their books for the year because orders were placed - and delivered WELL ON TIME by the (hated) Nationalist government who also provided classrooms, all paid for with OUR tax money... Call me a lair, but please first ask any of the OLD school who studied under BE prior to 1976...

  • chris.holloway.5 - 2012-07-09 07:10

    and the rot deepens... sies.

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-07-09 07:23

    Three questions. 1. Were they contracted to deliver books? 2. Did they deliver the books? 3. Did they claim payment for books that were not delivered? If they did not deliver and were paid, fraud has occurred!

  • petrus.fortuin - 2012-07-09 07:41

    Let each school buy its own textbooks. SGB is responsible for handling process.

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-09 08:15

    When it was said that putting the Limpopo education Admin, was a cheap political stunt by Zuma, The media and everyone thot the ANC in Limpopo was bluffing. Look now, the kids are suffering and zuma cant fire the person he wos responsible now(Angie) ooh my bad, she is the president of ancwl and zuma needs the votes going to mangaung. Now the Barrel is pointing at him, edusolution is linked to him and his so called fund.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-09 08:40

    All this rubbish about relationships & meetings & overseas trips, lets start at the top & works down, why did the education minister allow this to continue for so long, why did the education department not ensure that the books were delivered & that those awarded tenders did not perform their duties, why did the Premier of Limpopo not do anything to bring this issue to the fore, If my subcontractors don't perform or fail to do what they were paid for, I am responsible for this, I take responsibility, & I ensure that they perform, if they fail to do so I take action against them, where there is no accountability, you will have this kind of situation.

  • jonathan.seagul.5 - 2012-07-09 08:52

    How can any sane person want another term for Zuma or the ANC for that matter. We need to get ridd of this rotten lot. They are bringing SA down to its knees with crime and corruption. We need to clean the house out properly and start over with proper checks and balances. This country is dying a slow death.

      amelia.basson - 2012-07-09 13:01

      It's a lethal disease called cANCer... masses of cells, which are malignant and has no physiological function.

  • susan.deklerk.7 - 2012-07-09 11:08

    Please tell me how can any Company employ Dirk Coetzee??

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-09 11:13

    How many kettles of worms do we have in this country?.

  • amelia.basson - 2012-07-09 11:52

    Zuma blamed harps on inequality & poverty! This can only be wiped out with quality education! Are the ANC just too concerned about their personal coffers to see they are raising a 2nd generation of unskilled labour? These learners will leave school with nothing to offer a future employer and the world or without any skills to become an entrepreneur ... it's the ANC condemning our children to a life of poverty and inequality!

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-07-09 12:25

    And while all of this is going on, our children still do not have text books, what a pathetic turn of events this promises to be, no wonder people opt for home schooling etc, our supposed government has seriously failed, and as time goes by, it will continue to fail as i see no positive resurection from this..... It has become about money and looking after myself 1st and then and only then might I comply with the reasons people have placed their trust in me and elected me into such a position of trust, Shame on you all, I am a South African, but i hang my head in shame, and would never acknowlege or see you as my Government, you do not deserve that, you are a joke.

  • momelezivellem - 2012-07-09 13:05

    I think i just miss the time when the president was part of bigger and more important things. When despite everything said about him, you still could proudly pronounce that he's my/our president. What has this president and his government done? Besides being looters and takers of all resources. This administration is riddled with politician involved in everything and every scam, and they are not even ashamed. They pin their hopes on amendments on the rule of law covered with fancy names as second amendments. On that note, any white person assuming that all black people are like what you see on BBA or in parliament are equally stupid. We are born of a people that struggle and win. read about Albert Luthuli, O.R. Tambo, Steve Biko, Sobukwe, Gorven Mbeki, Nelson mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Enoch Sontonga, JJR Jolobe, to name but a few, coz that is a people that envisioned the south africa that we all STILL aspire to. Not the one 'My' president pisses on. OR Tambo spent his entire life telling the world about the hardships of our people during oppression, and all they ever wanted were equal rights and freedom to live and share in the wealth of this land. We need people that understand the importance of bridging these gaps. Education is the single most important resource that can guarantee people liberate themselves from mental slavery even... now they pissing on it too...! On a lighter note: This term, the presidential residence has seen more first ladies than presidents... :D

      fanie.essgee - 2012-07-09 13:36

      Very well stated, thank you...

  • geswine.matroos.3 - 2012-07-09 13:26

    why hide the books? what do you accomplish by hiding it? keep the village sheep uneducated?

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-09 13:31

    It is time for a new , competent State President.

      Ecosse.Nkosi - 2012-07-11 14:19

      Common Willie, you're living in Africa, there is not such an animal.

  • stefan.v.niekerk - 2012-07-09 13:56

    Let's talk about economic transformation and inclusion. This has been a hotly debated topic at the ANC policy conference and every time you open a news paper some ANC higher up is declaring his/her absolute commitment to it. Then they blame apartheid and white ownership as being the cause for the lack of economic transition and growth and suggest that mines should be nationalised and land be expropriated and white owned business be transferred to black ownership etc. etc. BUT what they do not get is that education will result in economic transformation! Without discriminating against our less-educated politicians, let me explain this concept using basic math: Economic transformation = Education, where, Education = Delivery of books + Teachers pitching up for work + Recognized, quality, academic curricula. Now, if education is compromised, so is economic transformation, therefore, Economic Transformation = Education - Corruption. If "Corruption" is greater than "Education", Economic Transformation = 0!!!! There you have it you incompetent, useless and corrupt politician bastards!

  • thulanit3 - 2012-07-09 15:14

    Now this is just lies,,,tyring to implicate the pres...! Looking at the source of this headline, im not suprised!

      idille.borchers - 2012-07-10 08:23

      None so blind as those who do not want to see. you are part of the problem.

  • mapepaki - 2012-07-10 11:36

    Hello Mr Vavi, here is a message for you, look no further than your government for the problems in education, personally I expect nothing less than this balls up!

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-07-10 17:51

    Hoekom leef Dirk Coetzee nog ?

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