DA, dept still at odds over textbooks

2013-02-11 21:39

Johannesburg - A war of words between education authorities and the DA about the delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools continued on Monday.

In the morning, basic education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said all Limpopo schools had received their textbooks for the year.

"There is no school in Limpopo that has not received textbooks," he told reporters in Pretoria.

He rejected earlier assertions by the Democratic Alliance that some schools had not yet received textbooks.

The party should apologise for discrediting the integrity of the department and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, he said.

"We want to urge the DA by close of business on Friday to retract their statement."

However, the DA hit back in the afternoon, insisting that textbooks for core subjects had not been delivered to all Limpopo schools.

"After the DA’s visit to the warehouse, maths books were delivered to the school this weekend, but only in English," said DA Limpopo leader Desiree van der Walt.

"Books for most of the core subjects remain undelivered."

Drastic improvement

Lesufi said in the morning the department's textbook delivery stood at 97.8% in Limpopo.

"We are only dealing with claims of over-stock or under-stock. We are just cleaning up. There are no schools that have not received any books."

He said that at this time last year, no schools in Limpopo had received any books. "We have made a drastic improvement."

Lesufi said the Duiwelskloof Primary School principal's claims that the school had not received the core books would be investigated.

"There is tangible proof that this school received books," he said referring to a delivery form with the school's stamp on it.

"There is no way the principal can claim he has not received the books when he has signed for it," Lesufi said.

Van der Walt said Motshekga had done pupils a disservice by refusing to accept responsibility for textbook shortages in schools.

She disputed the claim that the Duiwelskloof Primary school's principal had signed for textbooks.

"Why would the principal be writing desperate letters to parents apologising for the non-delivery of textbooks in core subjects if the school had already received books?" she asked.

  • Vishen - 2013-02-11 21:45

    First he says all books were delivered, then changes his tune by saying that 97.8% were delivered. Which is it?

      chris.maakal - 2013-02-11 22:19

      "There are no schools that have not received any books." - this statement is true if all schools received 1 random book each. Statement is true, but does not contain any value. How about somebody make a list of all schools who have not received all their books, and publish the details of shortcomings on the internet?

  • Getrude - 2013-02-11 21:57

    I'm lost in his confusing statement: 97% or 100% delivery? Choose the correct word above Mr Lucifer the domkop.

  • inge.rosenberg.5 - 2013-02-11 21:59

    We were in a rural village called PAX this weekend just outside Polokwane. Seems not only does the Department Limpopo have issues with textbooks, they have other issues too. The high school in the village lost their roofs during a storm over a year ago and the department still haven't fixed it. I feel so sorry for these learners, it gets very hot there. Wonder how they can concentrate? It's appalling and it sure smells like corruption.

      terrylee.heuer - 2013-02-11 22:17

      Unbelievable the Govt just has no shame!!! Those poor kids maybe someone like the Minister is still applying her mind

  • bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 22:01

    DA wasting tax money again

      chris.maakal - 2013-02-11 22:24

      Why do you say the DA is wasting tax money? Their operations are not funded by tax money ?

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 22:25

      We pay tax on our incomes, where do you think this goes?

      Vishen - 2013-02-11 22:26

      Sorry baba, the DA does not collect taxes...the government does.

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 22:31

      The DA is part of government - rule the western cape. Tax money from Cape Town goes to their coffers

      raymond.buis.3 - 2013-02-11 22:43

      Bafana wow you really do not grasp the concept of tax do you , all taxes except municipal taxes go to the government. The municipal taxes are used to run maintenance on aforementioned municipality. Not for a political party. I understand where your confusion comes in its due to the fact that the cANCer government uses tax money for their own enrichment .

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 22:48

      The DA is the government of the western cape, so by your explanation, the taxes go to them

      raymond.buis.3 - 2013-02-11 22:57

      Really ? Are you that thick all your taxes go to sars , then the money is distributed by the ANC led government. Government money is separate from party money. Now if you still don't understand I recommend you phone up angie and complain about your level schooling because you seriously lack any form of coherent brain function.

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 23:03

      So does municipal money go o SARS too? You said this was separate. You contradict yourself with each reply.

      raymond.buis.3 - 2013-02-11 23:15

      Municipal money goes to municipalities, tax youpay on your salary and vat goes to sars and is then distributed to the provinces. Now if you don't get it you never will. All hope is lost.

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 23:29

      Thanks I get it now - DA should be using our tax money on things better than textbooks

      saud.abrahams.7 - 2013-02-11 23:36

      This guy is as funny as he is thick lol

      Sulette Behnke - 2013-02-12 12:42

      Bafana you really need to wake up dude. Most of your tax money goes to Zumas house, wife's and everyone else in the ANC. If I was gaurenteed that my money went to the DA to fight corruption I would be very happy. You think all those ANC officials have paid for what they wear and drive? No you did.

  • Alan - 2013-02-11 22:11

    Are we suppossed to applaud the delivering of some books? One has to ask why the cANCer won't improve delivery and why it won't fire the minister? Perhaps it is that they benefit by keeping the masses uneducated and ignorant...?

  • franck.melaninski - 2013-02-11 22:15

    DA is clutching at straws. Stop embarrassing yourselves. 97.8% is virtually 100%. Not much of a big difference.

      chris.maakal - 2013-02-11 22:23

      There is big difference between 97.8% and 100%. With assumption that there are 500 000 school children in Limpopo, and the number is a lot higher than 500 000, it means that 11 000 children did not get all their books. Eleven thousand children is a big difference.

  • difa.mashwama - 2013-02-11 22:32

    DA is realy borring us.

      saud.abrahams.7 - 2013-02-11 23:33

      You mean boring. See what happens when you don't get your textbooks delivered?

      Sulette Behnke - 2013-02-12 12:37

      That's why our country is in such a bad state. Because political parties following up on our children's education BORES people like you ! This is incredible

  • brian.dlamini - 2013-02-12 00:39

    This has become petty politics, if I'm not mistaken the pass rate went down in the cape and up in virtually every other province.. Rather they focus on that than petty politics we see right through it. Them impressing the typical news 24 reader is preaching 2 their own gospel.. We potential 2 be swayed voters see this as cheap and childish

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2013-02-12 08:09

      Unless you live in Limpopo... or should you be grateful for the scraps from the master's table?

  • JeanneB - 2013-02-12 04:46

    The argument is not whether books have been received. The argument is that all books have been received. Its that simple really. And judging by the DA's claims, ALL (100%) have not been delivered.

  • Lawrence Hans - 2013-02-12 05:17

    @bafana.ndlovu.9026, maybe with a little bit of hope, u too will become the next uneducated president. and build couple of billion estate with tax money.. or do your self the favor go back to the school your probably did not finish and ask for your parents tax paying money back! YOU'VE been robbed of an education of common sense guy.

  • uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-02-12 06:48

    ANC vs DA who's playing duty here????????bt 98% is not 100%,core subjects???????

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2013-02-12 08:10

      that's the point... they mustn't lie and say they have delivered when they have not. Just be honest from the get go.

  • Danie - 2013-02-12 07:07

    Don, we will make sure these incompetents and their crooked bosses return to power in 2014. We do not care about the future of our children, as long as we have leaders that look like strongmen, with mercs , body guards and blue lights. We feel better when our leaders rob us.

  • Danie - 2013-02-12 07:14

    bafana.ndlovu.9026 - True. But why do we have people in their thousands leaving their homes in the EC to become economic, educational and medical refugees in the WC? Sorry if you have to leave your family and home of your birth to survive , you a refugee , just like Zimbabweans coming to SA are .Its tragic that South Africans in this free SA, are forced to become refugees in their own country.

      brian.dlamini - 2013-02-12 08:10

      Gauteng is the province that's gets the most influxes from other provinces in this country not the WC, it is also insulting when you call people exercising their right to freedom of movement "refugees". Just because the DA run the WC doesn't mean they own it, it like the other 8 provinces is still in South Africa and belongs to South Africans. It's a very condescending tone once you start labeling it differently

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-12 10:34

    Don't forget lying through your teeth is compulsory for these officials. It is demanded of them. It is the only way to keep their jobs.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2013-02-12 12:36

    How convenient, there is no school that has not recieved "any" books. So all schools recieved some books. That's not 100% delivery but our children have started a proper school year, writing exams and tests wich count , but don't worry , they've recieved SOME books! WTF

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