Criminal charges laid over textbooks

2012-07-03 19:33

Johannesburg - The Limpopo basic education department and a contractor have been charged over the dumping and destruction of textbooks in the province, the DA said on Tuesday.

The party's spokesperson on education in Limpopo, Desiree van der Walt said the Democratic Alliance laid the charges at the Tzaneen police station.

One charge was laid against the provincial education department for vandalism and destruction of books in Seshego. Another was against a service provider who allegedly dumped textbooks in Giyani.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto confirmed charges were laid and said the matter would be transferred to police in Giyani.

Van der Walt said: "We have been reliably informed that up to now Minister Angie Motshekga merely made a call for the arrest of people who dumped textbooks near a river in Giyani, but no actual charge has been laid yet."

Textbooks were found dumped and destroyed while thousands of schools in the province had gone without books for seven months.

A contractor told the DA the department had hired her to dispose of the books.

Van der Walt said the department first denied this, then claimed it was a routine annual procedure. "The department is as guilty as the service provider in Giyani and must be equally charged," Van der Walt said.

"We also want to know who the contractor is, how much they were paid and the amount of public resources spent annually to fund the education department's book 'disposal policy'."

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-03 19:38

    DA on the move. Whauu impressive. Well done.

      Christelle - 2012-07-03 20:40

      Well done again DA. And this is mostly in Seshego....a predominantly black area.......where is the fool that said the DA only does things to benefit the Nazi descendents! The DA wants ALL our people to get a better education. Wonder what will happen in Limpopo with the next elections?

      Christelle - 2012-07-03 20:47

      Leonard, you have Zuma, sitting asking questions on why the books have not been delivered after 6 months? Do you honestly think he is only made aware of it now - he should have asked this question 5 months ago already. But he is so busy fighting for his position and sorting out the crap in the hierarchy of the ANC - he does not have time to look into this - probably one of the top serious issues in the country.

  • lmachete1 - 2012-07-03 19:48

    stupidity nd foolishnes of a man.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-07-03 20:07

    Somebody have to go to jail for this. First time I agree with DA

      jacques.koorts - 2012-07-03 20:10

      first of many

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-03 20:13

    Immediate dismissal for Angie for gross negligence managing her department... She's had a 7 month holiday! THEN an investigation into who is related to who in the department and contractors... Criminal charges laid and squashed into one of the over-flowing prison cells. NO MERCY - its a crime against children

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-07-03 20:14

    Go for their throats DA....

  • Erna - 2012-07-03 20:14

    While the anc is still thinking about laying criminal charges the DA has reacted already. Well done to the DA. Angie must stop blaming outside forces and look towards herself. If she doesn't step down because of this she must be fired - her 'mothering' skills are hopeless!

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-07-03 20:28

    Great stuff DA!!!!!!!

  • B.b. - 2012-07-03 20:31

    Let me thank DA for what they have done against nigligence in Limpopo,,,but to be honest, I'm an unmoved ANC member. But I support any political party if what they are doing is for the interest of the public,,,a vote is another thing, of which I can't throw it anyhow,,,every political part is run by people who have feelings and individual desires,,,I don't trust anyone in this country, including ANC itself,,,u know we can vote DA, but there will be opportunists who will act as innocent in order to comfortably gain what they want and thereafter label the organisation as it consists of corrupt members,,,so I don't trust a human being,,,the first thing I would do before I trust any political party is to fully trust my woman,,,I can't fully trust her bcoz of disappointments in this world (cheating, etc.,,,)

      ivan.ferreira - 2012-07-03 20:36

      Give DA a chance brother! We need some new blood governing this country. If you are unhappy about DAs service delivery then change your vote again. All the best bro...

      B.b. - 2012-07-03 20:55

      Yeah I get u man, but my point is,,,there is no such clause in the ANC policy that says they have right to poor service delivery, right to corruption, but they are doing it and DA as well, there is no such clause, so how cn I trust a human being,,,I'm scared of power hunger,,,when people are desparate for a mass support, they become soft, though their conscience is telling them that doing this and that is wrong,,,,tell me something different so that I dedicate my vote to DA

      Christelle - 2012-07-03 20:59

      hey B.b - I just want you to know that in a proper democracy, people often change their votes, that is really the great thing about a real democratic society (we don't have one)You often find in such a country that if the ruling party do not live up to their promises, they simply get voted out in the next election. That also ensures that the ruling party stays on its toes to ensure they do the right thing for its people. When a government is too sure of themselves (and with at 65% support for the ANC), the really do not give a crap about the people, they know whatever they do, they will still get the loyalty vote. So brother, think about this and make a good decision when you walk to the polling station with the next election!

      Christelle - 2012-07-03 21:07

      Bd, I see your last comment and I am sure Ivan will give you his reponse too. This is a continuation of my other letter to you. There are clauses - believe me - the most important thing is MANDATE. When you support a party, you MANDATE them to do what they do well, and what they do badly. In other words, you tell them you give them the right to do what they are doing. You know, the ANC's leaders have in the past about 4 years been proven time and time again how they are taking the tax payers money (yours and mine) for things to benefit themselves and not their people. Billions of rands my friend. And when we vote for them, we actually give them the mandate to carry on doing it. How many times has the DA being caught with their fingers in the cookie jar? I actually cannot immediately recall any time. I really cannot say much more my friend....

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-03 21:35

      How you can remain unmoved in the face of such utter incompetence and corruption is beyond me. It seems you do not understand the consequences of this insanity - for all of us, no matter who we voted for. Spoil your ballot, don't vote, form your own party. DO something, stop encouraging deception.

      ivan.ferreira - 2012-07-03 23:01

      Hey bro, trust is a big thing my needs to be earned. ANC have not earned my trust as voter. I am willing to give someone else a chance....If they mess up then I will just change my vote - that's true democracy brother. Listen, when it comes to politics and need to vote for the "lesser evil" - no political party is 100% clean. There are "levels" of corruption and "levels" of incompetence. For me its all about the party who has the "least" corruption. One ANC led province have already been declared "bankrupt" - Limpopo. The eastern and northern cape will join shortly. The DA led Western province is the best run province in the country. Thats a fact my brother. No party should "own" your vote - that's true democracy. Have a good week my friend.

      dee.hunt.980 - 2012-07-03 23:42

      B.b - I feel for you, and can understand 'between a rock and a hard place' you find yourself in. The ANC rock carries war time struggle loyalties but is failing all of us as a peace time growth, development and governance agency. The DA unfortunately holds (unfairly?) racist past memories. Their actual policies are not very different - but the practice of disciplined governance is VERY different. I wish there was a new party made up of the best of ANC & DA - that doesnt carry history of 'race'. Until then, perhaps a compromise for you would be to have ANC in overall power - but elect DA at more provincial levels for pratical governance. (You do not need worry that DA will take over - they have just ?13% of vote - so operate on coalitions ...and for healthy democracy, a larger opposition party can only do our country good).

      indianajohn - 2012-07-04 00:04

      "every political part is run by people who have feelings and individual desires" Yes. And they are left at home where they belong. Your only concern when you enter your office as a servant of this country is the feelings and desires of the population. In fact, never mind the government. This is how every professional goes about his business, every day, in any job.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-06 07:52

      'I'm an unmoved ANC member' Then you can not complain about crime. If you vote ANC you support corruption and crime. Can I support the AWB and claime not be racist? NO!

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-03 20:51

    At last somebody is doing something about this. All the anc knows is talk, talk and talk with no action. Yep, yep and yep. Viva DA viva and down with the crooks down!!!

  • venus.sharma.5205 - 2012-07-03 20:52

    What did the DA do to help the children in the province?but now they are running to their racist courts though the call was made by an ANC cadre,just to score few political points huh?ViVa ANC da to hell.

      Stephan Swanepoel - 2012-07-03 21:02

      Ladies and Gentleman, Venus is clearly not a tax payer or her school books were also dumped when she was in school!

      Karel du Toit - 2012-07-03 21:03

      Thank you DA for cleaning up the cANCer

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-03 21:03

      The DA is not the government, the anc is and the people of limpopo voted for the anc to provide them with their needs. They should be treated with respect and dignity by the ruling party and the DA is doing a good job by watching and reporting any misdemeanor.

      Christelle - 2012-07-03 21:08

      There are non as blind as those who do not want to see. Venus, the ANC rules the Limpopo province. What have they done for the children.........oops, thrown their books away!!

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-03 21:09

      Venus obviously you went to the 'Angie school of very BASIC education'... And failed!

      merven.halo - 2012-07-06 07:53

      What's wrong venus? Afraid you might loose your tenders?

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-07-03 20:53

    Well done DA. The South African Education System really stinks, now things will get better.

  • B.b. - 2012-07-03 21:11

    Buy books for Limpopo schools and fire those responsible for the poor services there,,,attending court cases will consume a lot of tax-payers' money (our money-I'm included since I'm paying a lot of tax too),,,instead of wasting it in court, just come up with an alternative,,,going to court is a long process,,,I know

      Christelle - 2012-07-03 21:19

      BB no, they have to be held accountable and pay the price. By doing that an example is set of what happens to perpetrators to ensure people will think twice before the act so stupidly. And my friend, the alternative is in front of our eyes, the DA does not have to come up with a plan - give the children the books that they should be getting. What is so difficult about that??

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-07-03 23:36

    It is also called ACCOUNTABILITY!!

  • daan.phalaborwa - 2012-07-04 06:43

    The DA should also lay a charge of damaging the environment against the lot that dumped the books. And maybe a charge against Angie for poluting the air with her filthy lies?

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-07-05 08:08

    ANC master plan, keep masses uneducated and we will stay in power until the day Jesus returns, makes sense

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