DA: Who ordered textbooks destroyed?

2012-07-29 22:14

Johannesburg - The DA is taking action under the Promotion of Access to Information Act to find out who ordered the destruction of textbooks in Limpopo, it said on Sunday.

It had made an application to the Limpopo education department for access to its "directives on shredding and recycling of textbooks", said Democratic Alliance education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt.

"Up to so far, our requests to have these documents have been utterly ignored by [Limpopo education department spokesperson] Mr Pat Kgomo, who is the communication officer of the department," she said in a statement.

"His response or lack thereof has been rather disappointing for an official whose duty is to deal with the department's public engagement."

The application was made on Friday.

Kgomo confirmed receiving Van der Walt's request and said he was processing it.

"I only received her e-mail and her phone call on Friday. That's all I can say," he said.

Criminal charges

The DA has opened three criminal charges for vandalism of state property.

Van der Walt said the people shredding textbooks in Seshego had told the DA they were acting on the instructions of the Limpopo education department.

She said the DA was informed it was a departmental "policy directive".

"The document is there and it must be made available," said Van der Walt.

"The department must, after all, adhere to the principles of openness and transparency. One conclusion is inevitable, and it is that the department is trying to conceal some information," she alleged.

Earlier this month, Limpopo education department clerk appeared in the Giyani Magistrate's Court in connection with the dumping of school textbooks.

Glen Kubayi, 44, was released on bail of R2 000. His appearance was not related to the cases opened by the DA.

The national education department and the Limpopo education department have been in the spotlight for failing to deliver textbooks to schools on time

  • ken.eriksen.9 - 2012-07-30 00:41

    The book fiasco is a sad indictment of what the ANC is today. They have betrayed the very people who put them in power. The tide is turning against the ANC and one day (the sooner the better) they themselves will be "dumped"

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-07-30 06:35

      Betrayed is a HUGE understatement.

      galmzala - 2012-07-30 11:14

      very sad,

  • sean.crookson - 2012-07-30 00:58

    The DA has opened criminal charges. That means they cannot apply for information under the act. Chapter 2, paragraph 7. since they've already proceeded.

  • Charl Swart - 2012-07-30 01:16

    @sean, if the DA cannot ask for the info bacause they already opened a case, may the public ask for info?

      ivan.schoultz - 2012-07-30 07:25

      It is the Police's job to run the criminal investigation, it's not the DA's job to do that. The DA can still submit the PAIA request as official watch-dog, I mean, opposition, provided the PAIA info does not become evidence for the Police case. So the Police need to secure this intel FIRST, then DA can make their move to get their pie-ahh.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-30 06:44

    It was the Apartheid government wasn't it? Oh yes, ANC is running the country now. . They don't people to think for themselves.....uneducated means more votes.....

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-07-30 07:26

    I think provincial gov of limpopo particulary MEC for education is the one guilty more than the national minister. Angie has the rest of the country to worry about while the MEC should be focusing on one province only and am suprised he has been given the back seat on this issue.

  • sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-07-30 07:28

    This is failing our people. Another day no textbooks. Another day another protest in the Western Cape!

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 08:36

      another lame ass dig by another lame ass. if you could push a button to take textbooks away from learners in the cape you would.just to cause $hit. contemptible twerp

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-30 11:06

      stupid racist

  • breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-07-30 07:32

    Why do we care, education is not part of African culture!

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 08:43

      we care because polyhonky is what you wind up with if people are not educated.then these uneducated people vote for other uneducated people. then these other uneducated people wreck the country and starve and kill millions.then when these uneducated people have killed and starved everyone else they start starving and killing each other i hope i have educated you

  • Boos - 2012-07-30 07:52

    Even the 'educated' votes for the ANC.. It's a race thing.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-30 08:14

    The National Party - under Dr Verwoed! Oops, then again, it may be Dr Buthelezi! Nah, it must be Mugabe!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-30 08:15

    The National Party - under Dr Verwoed! Oops, then again, it may be Dr Buthelezi! Nah, it must be Mugabe!

  • pws69 - 2012-07-30 08:49

    Shouldn't the headline read "Who ordered the cover up"?

  • gus.fernandes.7 - 2012-07-30 10:01

    Whoever ordered the books destroyed is linked to the person who got a tender to supply new books. Its as clear as mud !!!

  • anand.tontpal - 2012-07-30 16:29


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