DA marches about Limpopo textbooks

2012-07-02 14:30

Johannesburg - The DA marched on the offices of the Limpopo basic education department on Monday in protest against the late delivery of school textbooks.

Democratic Alliance Limpopo education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said the party had marched in "solidarity with children at... Limpopo schools, who have gone six months of the year without textbooks".

"A society that is not willing to stand up for the rights of its children fails to take ownership of the future," she said in a statement.

"Today’s protest is part of the continuing struggle to ensure that Limpopo children are afforded the opportunity to determine their own destiny through access to knowledge."

The party demanded that textbooks for 2013 be delivered to schools no later than 30 November 2012.

A database of approved textbook suppliers, with an automated quote-sourcing system needed to be created to prevent corruption.

Van der Walt welcomed the appointment of former higher education director general Mary Metcalfe to evaluate textbook deliveries to schools in Limpopo.

"Top of her agenda should be to tend to the schools [that]... had not received any textbooks, received the wrong books or had not received enough books as per our online list," said Van der Walt.

Textbooks in Eastern Cape

The provincial and national education departments were not immediately available for comment.

Pupils in several Limpopo schools have been without textbooks for the past six months because the department failed to procure books on time.

Civil rights organisation, Section 27, which won a court order forcing the department to deliver the textbooks, said on Saturday it was concerned at reports of shortages even after books were supposed to have been delivered.

According to media reports on Sunday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga could face the axe over the bungled textbook delivery.

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) said on Monday Motshekga had not addressed the lack of textbooks in the Eastern Cape.

"We support the approach of a positive engagement with civil society to resolve the failure to deliver the textbooks in Limpopo and all needed educational materials," LRC Grahamstown director Sarah Sephton said in a statement.

"We therefore fail to understand the... continued lack of responsiveness to us with regard to critical shortages of workbooks in the Eastern Cape," she said.

"We would appreciate a similar constructive engagement on this issue beginning with the basic courtesy of replying to us about this issue."

Sephton said the LRC was acting on behalf of 35 schools in Port Elizabeth.

"It is not desirable to keep pushing forward the implementation of government responsibility through media and public pressure or legal proceedings," she said.

  • gaby.hide.3 - 2012-07-02 14:57

    The district head, the regional head, the provicial head (of Limpopo and Eastern Cape), the minister of education and the president of the country should be fired on the spot!

      Thebigguyjim - 2012-07-02 15:01

      Start with Jacob Zuma and work your way down at the next election. Even the Apartheid National Party got school books to BANTU education.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-07-02 14:59

    I will not be surprised if the DA grows by another 6% if not more... Sadly the anc will stuff up the country before the DA takes over but I'm confident the DA will build it up again quite quickly!

  • Gerald - 2012-07-02 15:07

    and I just heard that the ANC are claiming that by marching in this way the DA is misusing this situation for political gains. hahaha, loosers

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-02 15:24

      I am willing to bet that if the roles were reversed, the ANC would already have their cadres burning rubber tyres on the roads, stoning vehicles, vandalising property et al in protest. Hypocrites.

  • slritchie - 2012-07-02 15:07

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! The DA are getting better by the day... This is how you get grassroots votes, this is how you secure a majority vote to govern the entire country. You march and sing and toyi toyi in their faces, because nothing gets the masses attention better than that, and that alone has the cANCer paralyzed with fear! Viva DA Viva!

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-07-02 15:11

    If you want to hide something from a black person, hide it inside a book. With this book mess how true it is.WELL DONE DA FIGHT FOR THE LEARNERS. MOTSHEKGA MUST BE FIRED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.DISGRACE TO THE COUNTRY

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-02 16:56

      Go far far away, please, don't come back... (agree with the caps part, but that message is lost because of your stupidity and you being a huge racist!)

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-07-02 15:18

    way to go DA , at least you are marching for a legit reason, cANCer this is the struggle. viva for progress and education.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-02 15:19

    One reason for destroying textbooks was that History text books were incorrect and out of date? another was new ones cannot be supplied until all envisaged area and city names were changed and everybody knew where they are .

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-02 16:21

      Not a good enough excuse, sorry.

  • ewoud.spreeuwenberg - 2012-07-02 15:27

    What a waste of time and resources. DA instead of marching go and help them deliver the books.

      rui.d.barros.7 - 2012-07-02 15:40

      There aren't any to deliver fool !!!

      rui.d.barros.7 - 2012-07-02 15:42

      There aren't any to deliver fool !!!

      victor.mendes1 - 2012-07-02 15:44

      @ Ewoud, Actually last week the DA had Trucks ready to fetch and deliver the books, a gesture that was rejected by Angie's department.

      Michael Varikas - 2012-07-02 16:26

      They already did try offer to deliver but were rejected by the ANC to get involved.

  • clifford.d.viljoen - 2012-07-02 16:04

    Yes, Motschekga should be fired together with her communist boss!! Maybe more questions now need to be asked about this massive contract. What has been delivered against it according to the commies and what has actually been received and signed for!!

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-07-02 16:15

    The people on this list who insult black people are of the same kind as those who sing and chant to kill boers. Right thinking people must oppose these people by all possible means. They are the terminal cancer stalking our future.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-02 18:57


  • amelia.basson - 2012-07-03 08:35

    We all have to work together to stop this cANCerous tumour from spreading and killing our country. This disease is not about race but about greed and malignant individuals!

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