Unfair to blame me for textbook saga - MEC

2012-07-19 11:49

Johannesburg - Limpopo education MEC Dickson Masemola said it was "unfair" that he was being blamed for the textbook saga, according to a report on Thursday.

“It’s very, very unfair because people can’t take the whole responsibility of the education challenge and place it on Masemola,” he told Eyewitness News.

“This is totally unfair because if indeed my department was not placed under administration, I will take the responsibility."

He said he was confused by calls for his resignation as he was stripped of his powers when the province was under administration.

“I remain highly committed to my work and I’m very passionate about my responsibility. I love it so much."

He was responding to a report by Wits University education professor Mary Metcalfe which found that not all Limpopo schools had received their books by the June 27 deadline, despite the department saying 98% of learning material had been delivered.

Human rights organisation Section27 took the department to court to force it to deliver textbooks after some schools in the province had been without them for seven months.

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-19 11:53

    Time to bite your darling bullet mate, own up and stop making the children suffer because of your incompetence!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-19 12:04

      Sad thing is ..... he actually believes in him self

      renny.meere - 2012-07-19 12:11

      I love how the MEC says how much he enjoys he's job, I wonder which part of it, obviously not the accountability part!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-19 12:11

      Then go back to school, this would help better the education that you have at the moment

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-19 12:34

      Fussed that's not an option he'll just come out dumber at the other end.

      rsole.sole - 2012-07-19 12:34

      Who would this A-hole like to take the blame for this, the school kids?

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-07-19 12:36

      The MEC and the party promised free education to the people for their votes, so why let them down now?But the sad thing is that they will still win the next election.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-19 12:40

      Pass the buck-thats all these lot know! Instead of taking the bull by the horns and getting it sorted! Loser!

      Henk - 2012-07-19 12:43

      I totally agree with the MEC. We really have to blame the people of Limpopo for voting him into power!

      rowen.loretz - 2012-07-19 12:58

      life is'nt fair , but someone must take the blame...that is YOU!

      Pierre - 2012-07-19 13:00

      Exactly what we expect from the pride in their care about this country.

      Michaele - 2012-07-19 13:19

      “I remain highly committed to my work and I’m very passionate about my responsibility. I love it so much." What do you love, the money available through the corruption process, I presume. The boss man should always have his fingers on the pulse, no excuses!!!

      MagdaKus - 2012-07-19 13:20

      Yup, if you take up a responsible position, you are not just responsible for banking your salary- but have to face the music when things go wrong- no matter which of your underlings did the actual messing up... You're paid for that!

      Willie - 2012-07-19 13:21

      Show us the evidence that you talked to the Minister about hte problem mif you can't produce then we can simply say you are a Big Liar

      procold2 - 2012-07-19 13:26

      eish, it was not me, it was the old regime

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-19 13:29

      The Force is weak in this one. He doesn't even try the 'smoke screen' effect - just plain denial of the responsibilities he is responsible for. Amazing. what these cadres can get away with is beyond comprehension.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-19 13:42

      These buggers nobody taking any responsibility for anything. It must of been the fairies then. Fire the lot I say Masomela and Angie. You are ultimately responsible for what happenes in your department and both these people attitudes are truly shocking

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-07-19 15:26

      Jackal - I read impotence.....ROLMAO

  • isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-19 11:57

    I think you should look up the word "accountability" in the dictionary, Mr MEC. If you don't know what it means already then perhaps it's time you looked for a new job. You didn't deserve this one in the first place: cadre deployment, no doubt. You're lucky you're not being prosecuted, tou utter moron.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-19 12:27

      A dictionary was neva delivered to him

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-07-19 12:58

      Must be apartheid's fault then.

      Willie - 2012-07-19 13:22

      Show us the evidence that you talked to the Minister about hte problem if you can't produce then we can simply say you are a Big Liar,

      cyntay - 2012-07-19 17:03

      cant read a dictionary.. that too much to ask ... the whole department from the head up (angie) to the lowest member should be fired immediately and people who understand and can be accountable should be appointed. they who sage is a total disgrace !!!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-19 11:58


  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-19 11:58

    With the luxuary house, luxuary car and fat bank account comes responsibility's. Do what you are paid to do,,and stop whining.

      tertia.boswell - 2012-07-19 12:13

      Perhaps he should sell his luxury houses to pay for 1) the destroyed textbooks (we saw the pictures of them being burned - surprise surprise!!) 2) the education fees for the year for the kids who had no books. This, of course, after he has been fired and has to actually take responsibility and use the money he has been raking in for being useless for something constructive. And he can sell his luxury cars and buy a truck and deliver some books himself instead of sitting on a chair and whining.

  • hrh.majiuana - 2012-07-19 11:59

    lets blame the aliens too!......and apartheid....and white monopoly capital!! wot a chop

  • Ishen Prithipal - 2012-07-19 11:59

    Look up the definition of accountability. It should be part of the MEC scorecard.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-19 12:01

    you were suposed to be fired the day your apartment was put under administration..bcoz of your lack of education and experience your department was put under administration..ANC JOBS FOR PALS!!!

  • mofstok - 2012-07-19 12:01

    You are the ultimate authority of education in the province! Of course you are accountable! That's how organisational structure works you moron! You can delegate authority and responsibility down the line, but never accountability: management101. You are to blame!

  • newbornr - 2012-07-19 12:02

    Well who the hell is to blame if not the MEC. It is a direct result of incompetance that the department was placed in Adminatration in the fisrt instance. If you cant take the heat.. get out of the kitchen. Man up and take responsibilty.

  • Ratfink66 - 2012-07-19 12:02

    Okay...then who do we blame for this...Dept of Social Welfare? Health? Transport? Idiot.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-19 12:02

    do you know whats UNFAIR means?? ITS unfair FOR LIMPOPO PUPILS not to have textbooks..YOU GET PAID TO BE LAZY

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-19 12:02

    The MEC is correct to a large extent, being under administration means that powers have been taken from you, this has never happened until the Department was put under administration, you cannot take decision making powers from the MEC and then blame him for not making decisions, Angie Motshekga is to blame!!

      jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-07-19 12:06

      All the problems arose from before the national government took over...both Angi and the MEC should resign!!! DID THE MEC GOT IN HIS CAR AND DROVE BOOKS TO SCHOOLS.........NNNNOOOOO!!!!

      mike.burrows.37 - 2012-07-19 12:07

      The department was put under administration because he could not do his job. So he should have been fired in December last year

      mofstok - 2012-07-19 12:08

      Why was his department placed under administration? Because of gross financial mismanagement and vast irregularities across the board in Limpopo province. The shady deals regarding this whole debacle had already been made, this is the mere fruitation of it. By all means whold Motshekga responsible, she took no small part in appointing this insufferable, cowardly idiot in the first place.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-19 12:08

      If he did his job properly, to the specifications that he is paid for, then Angie wouldn't have had to step in...

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-19 12:18

      Did it ever happen before the Department was put under administration that there were no text books? A BIG NO, In fact the true story is that the Department gave to national treasury a request for funding because they are underfunded , Treasury chose to rather make donations to the IMF and Swaziland, but because of factions within the ANC the National Treasury ignored the call instead chose to rather donate R2.2bn requested by the Limpopo Department of Education, The school nutrition programs were not funded, and transportation of children to schools was also not funded.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-19 12:03

    Blame it on apartheid. No one in the province or government seem to be responsible. "...if my department was not placed under administration, I will take the responsibility... " Gee whizz, and why do you think it was placed under administration?? And did you stop working on that sad day??

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-19 12:10

      John, he never worked to begin with! He just turned up and collected a fat salary. Wish I had a job like that!

      ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-07-19 13:17

      John 100%. It's like saying if I hadn't been sacked for corruption, I would happily keep on stealing.

  • Jacques Van Tonder - 2012-07-19 12:06

    Someone has to take the fall. If you are not really the MEC anymore due to the fact that you have been stripped of your powers, why are we (the Tax payer) still paying your MEC salary? How's that for Unfair?

      Ze Don - 2012-07-19 12:13

      Don't you dare come here with your logical tendencies!

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-19 12:06

    Maybe the blame can't be wholly put on him. But you are the MEC, is it not your job to know these things? Or do you just not care? Someone needs to take responsibility, but i guess that is wishful thinking. Next they will say its the whites/apartheids fault.

      tertia.boswell - 2012-07-19 12:17

      Or the devil. Or the aliens. or anyone besides for the useless idiots who get paid to do nothing but doge responsibility - apparently that's a full time job.

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-19 12:08

    The one to blame is Angie, Indeed Masemola had no powers, zuma tried to play a game by putting Limpopo under admin, then he put up angie to the task, and it backfired... Poor kids are being compromised, Why cant zuma fire Angie? Oh Mangaung is around the corner and he needs her since is the president of ANCWL.

      dee.980 - 2012-07-19 12:59

      Would firing Angie alone fix governance in Limpopo? Why was the province put under administration in the first place? The very fact that Masomela cannot see his responsibility in the failure means that he does not have the management judgment & character for any leadership position.

      cyntay - 2012-07-19 17:10

      why don't we fire Zuma as well. ultimately it happened on his watch. he appointed Angie, and the rest fall under her.. this whole lack of accountably from the top to the bottom is to bland and the kids have had to suffer !!!

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-07-19 12:08

    Compare this to the Barclays Saga in the UK. Once rumors started going around the CEO stepped down, basically saying the bank deserves better, even though he wasn't involved. In SA the MEC Limpopo education slept for almost a 8 months on the job, not ensuring that every school received the books, what does he do, play the blame game.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-19 12:09

    IDIOT, blaming someone for not doing their job is absolutely not the same as saying they are responsible for the entire fiasco. This is a perfect example of an individual trying to hide his guilt in the collective. I really hope that people are not fooled by this childish rhetorical trick.

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-19 12:09


      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-19 12:15

      Obviously not you, Vusani. It's a pretty standard requirement for well educated people. It helps with English. Show me an African playwright of equal stature and I'll read his work.

      wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-19 12:25

      @Isabel, its WISANI to start with, It was a pretty starndard back the, times change so is the reading. The only book that does not change is the word of God, also remember knowing or reading english is not equivalent to civilisation. Why should we have the best african writter in AFRICA, Tell me one english writter who can write in a vernacular... Your point is pointless.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-19 12:28

      wisana: If you have reading difficulties you can get the entire works of Shakespeare on BBC DVD. Check Amazon. You will be amazed!

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-19 12:28

      That's because there is no god. I'll go and look for an African playwright, but you obviously don't want to join the real world. Have a nice day now.

      wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-19 12:35

      @criticalhonest,i think you have a vision problem.. ITS WISANI NOT WISANA, I'm not intrested in reading shakespear, give me a long walk to freedom any day or 48 Laws of power by Robert Greene.. You should also try to read some african history book, not fairytale macbeth books

      wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-19 12:38

      @Isabel, I guess you believe tells you that theres no God, you should come to the real world, stop living in fantasy world dear.. Zakes Mda is one of the best African(Proudly south african) writers

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-19 12:39

      wisani: don't be fooled. 'the times change' really isn't at all relevant. History changes, at least poeple change history. By all means write Shakespeare out of your thinking when you have someone more skilled than he to replace him. As for using English or the vernacula, get real...if you want to communicate with the ideas of the majority of people in the world you need to be fluent in English, or maybe Spanish will give you a leg up (with apologies to a few other languages). Vernacular has value as a transmitter of cultural ideas, but is totally useless outside of its limited sphere of influence.

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-19 12:49

      Wisani I've met Zakes Nda. I drew his portrait in fact. I feel sorry for religious people but they are free to believe what they want to believe, as I am. Have a nice day, sweetie. Go and read your bible or something.

      wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-19 12:52

      criticalhonest, Tell that to an afrikaner, gone are those days where english was the "in" thing, in SA we have 11 official Languages, if shakespear is replaced by RiRIMI RA MANANA, its fine by me, if Rooikoos willemse is replaced by Maru a PULA, its fine by me.... We are proud of our languages, we even dream in them

      dee.980 - 2012-07-19 18:18

      Wisani - Alongside your bible, I hope you have also read Credo Mutwa's books .. similarly rich in fables and "moral compass" material. And if you ever decide to read some Shakespeare - try changing the names to Mzilikazi / Shaka / Zuma / Mdluli / Winnie ..... and ENJOY :)))

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-07-19 12:12


  • Singatha - 2012-07-19 12:14

    Oh! for f**k's sake grow a pair,next it's the cleaners to blame.Get the f**k out of the kitchen if you can't take the heat.Under administration or not i'm sure the MEC is drawing a salary as an MEC,and more specifically the rot started under his watch hence the administration of his dept.Geez,the comprehension abilities of a toad displayed by this MEC.I GIVE UP!!!

  • Erna - 2012-07-19 12:20

    The Education Dept was only placed under administration in December 2011. What happened before that? Is he taking responsibility for placing the department in such a position, that it needed administration?

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-19 12:23

      December is the time to order text books for the new year for your information!!

      Erna - 2012-07-19 13:20

      @Tumisang.Kolobe Actually it isn't you know. You order stationery or textbooks in December (over the Christmas holidays) for January, your chances of getting it on time is zilch!

      Erna - 2012-07-19 13:22

      AND maybe your comment explains why all government departments always run out of things, because they don't know how and when to order!

  • Michael - 2012-07-19 12:21

    its unfair because I was drunk and fine dining looking for my next tender...its not a product of Apartheid...mwweeee mmwweeeee mwweeee

  • randall.j.coetzee - 2012-07-19 12:26

    Cadre, cadre, cadre... *sigh*

  • Mark - 2012-07-19 12:27

    Limpopo MEC for Education, Dickson Masemola, feels agrieved that he is being blamed for the non-delivery of school textbooks. He is lucky not to be thrown in gaol for sabotage! The fool obviously feels he is more competent than the useless Ingrates that surround him. This shameless whining is an indicater of just how bad Governance, accountability and competence has become in SA. The Cadre system only requires one to pitch up to work - nothing much else.

  • karol.gembicki - 2012-07-19 12:31

    What does he think is his job is and what does he think he is responsible for?sad thing its not only his department ,many anc municipalities have the same attitude.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-19 12:32

    So....DICK-son.....who must they blamwe then?

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-19 12:35

    We blame you for stealing from the poor. Why were you getting paid when you were doing nothing?

  • denton.estment - 2012-07-19 12:36

    If his dept is under administration he should resign as he must be incompetent. If he still claims to love what he does(very little..sic!) he should have assisted the administrators to see all was correctly done!!!

  • Siphiwo - 2012-07-19 12:36

    Poor Dickson. Crocodile tears.

  • chris.dickson.773 - 2012-07-19 12:38

    He only loves the Fringe Benefit part of his job!!!! For example: The hand in the proverbial Cookie Jar....

  • jimi.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-07-19 12:46

    It is quite funny that when they are collecting luxury cars, travel and other perks, the ministerial handbook comes in very handy to justify the spending. WTF does the handbook say about accountability FOOL! Probably not yet defined.

  • nic.nicol.7 - 2012-07-19 12:47

    If he had done his job correctly in the first place, he would not have had his department put under administration.

      Erna - 2012-07-19 13:23

      My point exactly.

  • jana.roos.9 - 2012-07-19 12:48

    He speaks of himself in the third person. You have to admire that.

      Erna - 2012-07-19 13:24

      Its probably his spokesperson speaking - they all have them! Makes you wonder if they can't speak for themselves!

      Barefoot - 2012-07-19 13:41

      Erna read the report it was definitely him

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-19 12:51

    Yesterday you were appalled but today it's unfair. Begging not to be offloaded from the gravy train??? Where is the arrogance mr minister???

  • elias.b.molomo - 2012-07-19 12:53

    We don't care abt being commited to ur job just leave the office, u failed baba hao, think of the young ones who didn't read up to so far don't tell media that u luv ur job.

  • shaun.clark.1272 - 2012-07-19 12:53

    “It’s very, very unfair because people can’t take the whole responsibility of the education challenge and place it on Masemola,” he told Eyewitness News. How stupid of the South African public to assume that the MEC for education would accept responsibility for Education??? “This is totally unfair because if indeed my department was not placed under administration, I will take the responsibility." Your department was placed under administration because you failed to do your job as MEC. Anybody else seeing the irony in his statement??? He said he was confused by calls for his resignation as he was stripped of his powers when the province was under administration. ...and he should have resigned THEN already. End of sentence. “I remain highly committed to my work and I’m very passionate about my responsibility. I love it so much." Yes, you love it so much that you completely failed to DO it, that's why the National Government has placed you under administration, and some kids today STILL don't have textbooks, yet you have a job that you are not doing. I'm speechless really!

  • robbieyvonne.hutchison - 2012-07-19 13:08

    Ag shame it's Tough been @ the Top... Masemola earns the Big Bucks and is responsible. Shame on You, If you can't handle the pressure then you are by no means a Leader of Mentors we entrust to develop our young minds of the future... the same as what a Soldier is useless in a War when RIFLELESS, SO IS IT FOR A TEXTBOOKLESS SCHOLAR!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-19 13:15

    Another day in SA local gov. paradise, getting paid for doing nothing.

  • Ingrid - 2012-07-19 13:19

    The reason you were put under adminstation because all the money disappeared, payments were made to over inflated commodities, 2013 Budget spent need we say more. Good-bye

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