ANC: Textbook crisis a failure of govt

2012-07-30 14:22

Johannesburg - The ANC's national executive committee (NEC) has acknowledged that the late delivery of textbooks in Limpopo was a "serious failure" by government.

"The NEC... considered the lack of delivery of books in Limpopo as shocking and unacceptable and believes that whosoever is found to be responsible must face stern action that may include criminal charges," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday.

"The NEC acknowledged that this is a serious failure on the part of government and the department of education in particular at both national and provincial level."

He said the NEC discussed the textbook saga during its lekgotla last week. All task teams investigating the saga needed to reconcile their reports to a presidential task team.

"That final report should be the basis for any action to be taken, including action against any person found guilty of any misdemeanour."

Many organisations and people, including the African National Congress Youth League and the Congress of SA Trade Unions, hold Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga responsible for the saga and have called for her axing.

The NEC proposed that the National Treasury work directly with the department of basic education, so that complaints about the non-availability of resources could not be used as an excuse for late delivery.

"Let us emphasise that throwing money at the problem [must] be avoided. We must do things correctly, efficiently, and effectively," said Mantashe.

It had also agreed that the national department needed to take full responsibility for buying textbooks for next year.

A report by former education director general Mary Metcalfe was compiled in response to the department's assertion that 98 percent of textbooks were delivered to Limpopo pupils after schools were without books for seven months.

It found that despite the extended date for delivery of textbooks - 27 June - the department's assertion that 98% of the books were delivered was incorrect.

Political tensions

Mantashe said the lekgotla also discussed a report by Auditor General Terence Nombembe on the poor performance of municipalities.

"There is a synergy between the AG's report and our own report that was done by our own monitoring and evaluation unit," Mantashe said.

"The ANC acknowledges that many of the problems at local government level have to do with political tensions within the ANC and the alliance."

He said the ANC would ensure that "no single member of the organisation uses a public office as a tool to lobby for power and as a consequence fails to deliver".

The report revealed that only five percent of municipalities received clean audits and that none of the metros received clean audits.

"The NEC... will hold a one day meeting near the end of August to discuss its own findings on the state of local government, as well as the AG's report," Mantashe said.

The lekgotla also decided the focus on tenders as a procurement method needed to be lessened since it was inextricably linked to corruption.

"There was a feeling in the NEC that over-dependence on tenders is killing the capacity of the state. We think that it is one area that actually creates an opportunity for corruption," Mantashe said.

"Therefore, there must be a reduction on the... dependence on tenders. The state should do what must be done by the state, maybe on mega-projects you can outsource to the private sector."

He said the state needed to procure directly from manufacturers and minimise its dependence on "middlemen".

The lekgotla also proposed that one indigenous African language, including Afrikaans, be compulsory in schools, depending on the region.

"If you go to the Northern Cape and the Western Cape by and large, everybody speaks Afrikaans as a first language, so it is an indigenous language," Mantashe said.

  • marc.rule - 2012-07-30 14:28

    NO S-H-1-T. steps down and let someone that can do the job do it.

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-07-30 14:39

      First mistake Alicia "You're People" that is why the NP and now the ANC will rule until the next mandela comes,because of us and them.

      Revelgen - 2012-07-30 14:40

      Yep, textbooks are only the tip of the ANC Epic Fail iceberg. What about dysfunctional municipalities, most of whom cannot get a clean audit? Or roads? Or overall education? Or healthcare? Or Transnet, SAA and SABC - all with problems. Or housing, water and lagging electricity supplies? The ANC is supposed to GOVERN. Instead, it has sat mostly idle for nearly 20 years, helping itself to vast amounts of public money while the poor suffer. Time for change.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-07-30 14:55

      So what they are saying it was not Verwoerd's fault then?

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-30 14:56

      holy crap, i nearly fell of my chair! anc admitting failure without blaming apartheid or using the race card. i must be dreaming! @timmy, i can see you have not let your education get in the way of ignorance. Dont know what your problem is, but i bet its hard to pronounce!

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-30 15:01

      *wonders what Timmy is on..?* IQ5 tabs?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-30 15:09

      Easy Alicia, you'll have a heart attack.. Don't let them get you down, just keep plugging away. Eventually all rational people will see through this bunch.

      carel.steenekamp - 2012-07-30 15:29

      @Alicia.Myburgh.65: What Timmy might be saying is that referring to other race groups as 'your people' is very divisive. I think he is saying that that was the mentality of the National Party, and now it is the policy of the ANC, and that it will never engender the cooperation that we need to make this country work. And often referring to 'your people' consitutes barely concealed racism, as it judges people according to there racial group rather than on merit.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-30 15:44

      timmy, you are typical of a touchy ANC supporter, I'm pretty sure alicia was referring to "your people" as ANC supporters, you automatically thought she was referring to black people, get that inferiority chip of your shoulder.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-30 17:52

      Think Mantashe must inform Zuma of their conclusions after their brain storming exercise. Zuma still think that it's Verwoerd that's responsible

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-30 14:28

    Banana Government...!

      JuditVictor - 2012-07-30 17:17

      I could not believe when Mr Zuma the other day blamed VERWOERD for this (Verwoerd governed while you and I weren't even born yet. WHAT is this blame Apartheid after almost 20 years.

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-30 14:29

    The entire chain of command from Zuma to Angie right down to the clerks MUST be fired!!! This debacle was a man made disaster

      lownabester - 2012-07-30 14:48

      And Gwede's one of the biggest idiots.

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-30 14:31

    We know about all what Mantashe is saying. Can we get to bottom line and full stop? When are you reconciling the reports and when is action going to be taken against the culprits. Stop politics and start service delivery. "Accountability and serious consequences for the incompetent in our life time" is the new song.

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-07-30 14:33

    wow comrade Gwewde - acknowledgement at last that all is not well - dig a little deeper and you will find even more - SAY NO TO CADRE DEPLOYMENT - SAY YES TO MERIT AND COMPETENCE FIRST.....!

  • carla.vittori3 - 2012-07-30 14:33

    "He said the ANC would ensure that "no single member of the organisation uses a public office as a tool to lobby for power and as a consequence fails to deliver"." - Does that mean that Zuma will be on his way out soon too?

  • riad.mahomed - 2012-07-30 14:34

    You "Talked the Talk" now lets see you "Walk the Talk".....

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-07-30 14:34

    Government, now that you have admitted your responsibility in this matter don't let us down by handing out suspended with pay sentences or recycling the people found accountable into another department. We, the people are furious at you for letting our children down, so none of this slap on the wrist garbage. Take some real action so this doesn’t happen again

  • Ratfink66 - 2012-07-30 14:35

    Okay now tell us something that we don't know. Someone, please man up.

  • dee.980 - 2012-07-30 14:35

    Taking collective responsibility for the failure is an improvement on blaming Verwoed. But as from President, MEC down are ALL lobbying for power and tender self enrichment - the vague solutions offered are not hope-inspiring for any improvement?!

  • herman.heil - 2012-07-30 14:39

    They are going to have a hell of a time to take action against Verwoerd, as he has been the only one to be blamed for this mess......

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 14:48

      My thoughts as well. When in doubt, blame Whites, Apartheid, and even dead statesmen. Pathetic.

  • busicor.nel - 2012-07-30 14:39

    Stop talking and having parties to discuss what should be done. ANC does not like doing anything except PARTY ,PARTY. Lets work.

  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-07-30 14:40

    Ja well thats good. But what about the children who are the biggest losers in this saga. what about a whole year that the kids have wasted. What does GOVT plan to do about that.

  • morama.sebata - 2012-07-30 14:42

    ANC sucks....let this criminals steps down and let the efficient leaders come in and take over!!!

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-30 14:46

      who are those efficient leaders?.....thinking....."sorry thinking has returned no answer. Try next time, maybe in 15 years time".

      wehan.victor - 2012-07-30 14:52

      That's the first sensible thing you have said Morama.Congratz!

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-30 15:08

      @Wehan,I am open and honest person.....Everytrhing that this ANC turns into s#it.I am entitled to my opinion and at the same time not here to protect or express my understanding to appease anyone.

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 18:14

      judging by your tone i assume that your allegiance to malema has cost you your anc membership morama. and no i am not gloating ,we all do what we have to to get by

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-30 14:42

    How long did it take the ANC to see that, and this statement is so false mr Mantashe sorry. I quote "no single member of the organisation uses a public office as a tool to lobby for power and as a consequence fails to deliver". And you go to almost all of the countries's municipalities governed by the ANC and you will see how false you are. It is clear that our education minister and all her Limpopo panel are so corrupt, they must be feeling the heat now.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-30 14:50

      The sad thing is that despite all this impasse, the only thing Mantashe is thinking about is "power". To him, this clearly visible incomptence is deliberate, its sabotage. how idiotic can one be?

  • amused.reader.7 - 2012-07-30 14:44

    It also discussed lessening the focus on tenders as a procurement method since it was inextricably linked to corruption, Mantashe said. REALLY !! - And if we didnt have tenders and contracts were awarded to whomever the ANC pleased, then what ?? The ANC, sadly, seems to be neither concerned with corruption or incompetence, given there truly appalling track record in bringing the perpetrators of either to book. We all know what truly bothers them is getting caught, the subsequent political damage, pitifully little as it is, and the ultimate consequences to themselves. They disgust me, the lot of them !!!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 14:46

    Well make up your minds please. On Radio 702 your Pres.Zuma stated it was Verwoed's fault. If you do find it was his fault you're going to have a hard time trying to get him to court to answer any charges. To the ANC - you're an absolute circus and a bad joke to say the least. For the sake of all our people, would you please step down and let competent people take this country to its full potential where we belong.

  • mahlangu.bobo - 2012-07-30 14:48

    Here: The Congress of the People Youth Movement is concerned about the lack of accountability and responsibility by the ANC led Government, heads of departments, Limpopo MEC for Education and Minister of Education in the handling of the ‘Textbook Saga’ in the Limpopo Province but instead they have resorted shifting the blame from one person to the other.

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-07-30 14:50

    Can we take Mr Mantashe's statement as an admission that indeed there was a crisis as opposed to Mrs Motshekga's denial earlier. Furthermore, why dilly-dally when we know which heads shoul roll?

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-07-30 15:05

      Lol, Verwoerd's head is nowhere to be found to be rolled.

  • erhardvz - 2012-07-30 14:53

    The ANC brought you a 100 years of the struggle. Vote DA and STOP STRUGGLING, start reading.

  • chiepner - 2012-07-30 14:54

    Instead of having another meeting and more enquiries just do something already! The total lack of finding a solution is only having its biggest negative impact of the FUTURE of children currently directly effected by this. Talk is cheap and it seems this is all national and local government is doing about this situation.

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-07-30 14:55

    What investigation? Don't they already know which head must roll?

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-30 15:02

      heads, plural

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-07-30 15:06

      I hear they were searching for Verwoed's head

  • abram.spamers - 2012-07-30 14:56

    Come on people... caps lock is cruise control for cool... and all caps is NOT COOL.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-30 15:00

    no kidding

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-07-30 15:03

    Mr Mantashe why do we waste time on obvious thing-i.e. Books were not delivered on time and the person responsible for the delivery is the Minister of Education. The ANC did not say we will find official (departmental officials) to deliver when it was campaigning. Please the Minister must do the honourable thing and vacate her position followed by the Director General.

  • psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-07-30 15:12

    I am sick and tired of ANC "yak yak" and "jaw jaw", while it fails to live up to the Constitutional mandate to govern, but rather excels in corruption, maladministration, blaming Verwoed and shocking incompetence. I also could not give a hoot about the ANC's belated "mea culpa". I also could not care less about the findings of its so-called "evaluation unit" on maladministration and non-existent financial management in municipalities. They can take their findings and shove them. I would also be grateful if Showerhead refrained from wasting more tax money investigating the textbook crisis. I have already made my findings. The problem is simply the ANC. The solution is simple: Vote them out. While I feel for the Limpopo school kids, I blame their voting age parents - who, by the way, are mostly Black. They are fully responsible for the plight of their children. They knew full well that they could not afford private education and would place their children in public schools. Knowing this and knowing the ANC's track record of non-delivery and incompetence, they STILL STUBBORNLY AND LOYALLY VOTED FOR THEM. Honestly, I am fast losing my patience with the "suffering masses" who vote for the ANC. If the "poor and suffering masses" vote in the ANC at the next elections, they should not expect an iota of sympathy from me.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 15:39

      100% correct. At some point one will have to say - "enjoy your poverty and lack of progress, it's what you voted for and therefore presumably what you want".

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-30 15:14

    Has anyone else noticed that these folks are really good at babbling endlessly, using words that are too long for them to operate without injuring themselves? At the same time, setting up task teams, commissions, boards of enquiry, evaluation units etc, without ever actually accomplishing any concrete results? And by concrete, I don't mean laying a pavement over freshly created disasters.

  • jacques.smit - 2012-07-30 15:15

    Ok, so whoever is guilty will just be moved to another department.. Suppose if you keep your country un educated, they will keep voting for you..

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-07-30 15:19

    because the elections are around the corner it's now that they see that many of the problems in the provincial level is because of the mother body, mxm, i smell vote for us again and give us one more chance to show you that this time we will do it. i dont trust and believe in this government anymore, my vote is out, they aren't going to get it. ANC just like playing with our grndparents and parents emotions and our tax money just because they know our parents and grandparents will vote for them as they dont want to move on from the past, done with with robbers,from actual money to education. I give up.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-30 15:50

      lerato, I'm sure when you first blogged on here you were pro ANC, now you have seen enough of them, anything would / must be better than this corrupt lot, we can only pray there are enough people that have had enough like you and get them voted out, they are getting worse or more exposed by the day, in another 2 years surely we can get them voted out and move on to a better SA for all.

      amused.reader.7 - 2012-07-30 16:24

      music to my ears, thank you lerato, every vote is crucial. Winston Churchill was a most brilliant leader during WWII, but was promtly voted out of power once peace was secured. It didn't lesson his place in history, truth be told, it secured it. The ANC, like all too many liberation leaders on this continent, are busy defiling their own heritage, and must go before they shame themselves any further. Thanks for what you did for us, now move over and let a proper government take it from here, one that can deliver jobs, and services and unite us.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 17:09

      @ amusedreader - I couldn't agree with you more, and whilst we are thanking people, we can thank a few million Whites who also pushed for change, and a lesser number of Whites who actively supported the struggle.

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 18:28

      bob ,when you say ANYTHING must be better than this corrupt lot just recall that mbeki got the boot because people thought they couldnt do worse than him. this time FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION my fellow citzens

  • morne.labuschagne.940 - 2012-07-30 15:22

    are are joking. Why appoint a task team to investigate? Just do your BLOODY job for starters. It is litterly the blind leading the blind.

  • ndabenhle.s.mbatha - 2012-07-30 15:22

    Now stop fighting about who's next to be a leader and focus on the horrible public service and securing the future our country through education please!!!!!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-30 15:51

      Vote them out and your wishes will be granted.

  • derrico.heus - 2012-07-30 15:22

    The problem with this report is that everything that's said about the text book saga is pointless. South africa doesn't have a government with positions filled with capable people, who can carry out their jobs properly. It is a completely useless gang of people, who got there jobs for favours owed, or simply by being a friend of someone in government.most sane people in this country are fully aware the anc are rubbish. They must be one of the biggest showers of shite in africa. Sack em all!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-30 15:26

    ANC: Textbook crisis a failure of govt Failure of ANC govt a textbook crisis. Crisis a textbook failure of ANC govt. Whichever way you look at it.

  • herman.bester.58 - 2012-07-30 15:27

    What a fail

  • justin.white.14289 - 2012-07-30 15:33

    Perhaps I am missing the stories around this but I don't see any widely publicized public service strikes over the textbook saga but yet we see service delivery strikes in the best managed city? Not that I condone that sort of behaviour but why are the parents in these areas where there are no textbooks running around burning things?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 15:39

    America is one of the most powerful nations in the world. One might not agree with all their ideology, and I find some of their ‘international politics’ to be a little dodgy, but how did they become so powerful? How did they achieve their full potential? They did so by using these words: “You’re fired”. This simple phrase has the affect of making people work and ensuring they do their work properly. If they don’t, they’re ‘fired’. Simple, effective and no BS. This is what SA needs.

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-07-30 20:33

      You can dislike the Americans, but as you said, if the government doesn't say you are fired, the people say it, and that's every 2 years for either the 2 houses or the president very 4, a far more fluid approach, but then again, they have had 200 more years of practice

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-07-30 15:45

    you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one. how many more commissions are still going to be set up to decide who is to be fired or in cANCer terms , be redeployed as the trend? pravin tell your masters to stop wasting our hard earned money which you steal from us, the honest taxpayer.

  • koliswa - 2012-07-30 15:54

    Thanks SG this is a very good sign to first acknowledge mistakes. This shows a sign of responsibility on ANC Led government. This however, should be followed by acts of accountability to sustain good governance. Amandla!

      amused.reader.7 - 2012-07-30 16:29

      A noble sentiment, but i am afraid, the point where you can belive that this government is remotely capable, or willing, to follow words with actions is long gone. It is a fact that the NEC is infested with convicted criminals, the president, but for a lot of unpleasant and destructive political wrangling should bne one of them, and incompetent cadres have been deployed pretty much everywhere. The few glimmers of hope that remain are all too easily drowned out by the incompetent and corrupt multitude that make up the present day ANC Jobs, jobs, jobs ??

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-30 16:30

    Oh so now it is the governments fault. Why the sudden change in blame? What happened to blaming Apartheid? Is it because an educated black woman put u guys to shame?

      justin.massyn - 2012-07-30 17:17

      It's a totally vain attempt at taking responsibility, trying to come across as responsible bunch they are not. Their downfall however will be that no matter how much they profess it to be their problem and appear to want to take responsibility, no follow up action will be delivered on. They have certainly got better, albeit still pathetic, at spinning with words, delivery however they have yet to learn the correct spelling for, incompetent fools.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-07-30 16:46

    Just about every Government department and every government enterprise aka SABC, SAA, Eskom etc., has failed the people of South Africa and has been baled out with taxpayer money or massive price hikes to keep afloat. Why has this happened and without a doubt, this due to the appointment of cadres and inept persons to oversee the operations. All along racism and apartheid has been blamed as well as no one in government taking responsibilty for their shortcomings. ANC time to stop the gravy train and take stock and fix without just talking and making empty promises to the country at large.

  • BobM6389 - 2012-07-30 16:56

    The problem is jobs for pals and not on merit. Until the ANC come to that realisation this country is on a one way slide.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-30 17:03

    The sole blame is at the top and it starts with your basic education minister, dont move away from that. She cant even do the basic job of following up on the text books. So need to have a million meetings, we all know who is to blame, no do the right thing and get rid of that person responsible for all this crap. If you dont act swiftly, you are going to lose many votes from your very own supporters because you are messing up their childrens futures, they are not gatvol. Dont debate just do the right thing. Dont worry about the ANCWL they only get excited when they see zoom zooms spear, they dont react to children more than half way through the year without text books or woman and children being raped on a daily basis, no no no thats not exciting.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-30 17:08

    Tough! They will keep voting until "Jesus comes". Compassion fatigue. Frankly, I no longer give a damn.

  • Nathaniel - 2012-07-30 17:25

    Gwede is trying to put a spin on this one, "Textbook saga a failure of government". Now, tell us who tells goverment what to do? How about , Text books saga, the ANC's failure to deliver? It would not sound right, would it? When government excels which it seldom do , you take all the glory. When it fails which is a regular occurance, you hand it over to government. Oh! How I wish the government could be autonomous and run things because government decides so, not influenced by politics. I reckon things would be better. But that is just a dream of mine. Why send commission after commission to do the same thing. Waste! Countries which are called first world, did not achieve that status because of natural resources. They understood that having human capital knowledgeable in manupulating such resources will help them prosper. They invested in their own people. PLEASE INVEST IN THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA. Find our strengths and develop our strengths. In the olympics, countries who natured the talents they have will do well. Simply, nature our knowledge and everything that form and make a human complete. Make us a country full of innovators not beggars. Stop buying votes with houses, food parcels, grants but teach us how to stand on our own. Take every person who is trainable to school and universities and give them good quality education. In so doing you will truly be empowering the nation. The above plea is my dream for South Africa. Presently, unachievable.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-07-30 17:33

    At last the african national congress belive they failure textbook crisis a failure of government.

  • Michael - 2012-07-30 18:15

    Thanks comrade SG, we knew that ANC will speak against textbook saga. Ofcourse we will ensure that this revolutionary party stays in power, learners from poorer commmunities attend free schools, they eat free food, they get subsidized transport, schools are being built in rural areas. No other government can match this success.

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-07-30 18:19

    Yet, Zuma still blames apartheid. Go figure.

  • pierre.dupreez.58 - 2012-07-30 19:06

    Good day Mr Mantashe, I am looking very hard but I am truly stuggling to see just even one thing that this corrupt and rotten bunch of communist ANC cadres of yours is involved in, that is working well and as it is intended to do. In my opinion there is nothing, not even your party communication strategy. EVERYTHING that you guys are involved in is broken or breaking or rotten and corrupt. The schools;mines; water dept; hopsitals;Police; courts; education; Municipalities; NPA; Housing; Land Reform; Prisons...are all being raped and pillaged. Please just tell me one thing that you guys are doing well, just one please (ps I hear even SARS are having trouble)I can see why the DA is confident that you will not last past 2019. Question is, what will be left to be saved, because you lot are plundering everything you touch.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-07-30 19:23

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! Just give the kids their text books already! Your constant yapping doesnt help!

  • raeez.rayner - 2012-07-30 20:39

    Could there be a deliberate attempt to keep the electorate illiterate? Naaa... can't be! Although, The only way to stay in power is to have the ability to bull*t the masses... ???