DA wants Motshekga, EduSolutions probe

2012-06-24 22:49

Johannesburg - The relationship between Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and textbook delivery company EduSolutions must be investigated, the DA said on Sunday.

It would ask Motshekga for details on all her dealings with EduSolutions, said Democratic Alliance spokeswoman Annette Lovemore.

It would also ask her why she promoted the business "despite a history of fraud and incompetence".

Motshekga had been working with the company since 2008, when she was still Gauteng education MEC, she said.

"The Limpopo government irregularly awarded a R320m contract to EduSolutions for textbook provision to Limpopo schools," said Lovemore.

"The evaluation and specification committee was ignored at the time the contract was awarded."

The contract was to have been cancelled as soon as the national intervention team arrived in the province to run the education department.

However, she that according to Limpopo education administrator Anis Karodia, Motshekga obstructed its cancellation for six weeks so that the government could continue to do business with EduSolutions.

"Motshekga made this call even though textbooks were late to Gauteng schools back in 2008 when the minister was education MEC in Gauteng and doing business with EduSolutions," she said.

EduSolutions was also implicated in a fraud scandal for charging the government R13 a pencil.

Motshekga finally agreed in January books could be ordered directly from publishers and, at the same time, promised that all pupils would receive books when schools opened in Limpopo.

"What the minister didn’t tell us was that with just over a week before schools were due to start, not a single book had been ordered," said Lovemore.

"The textbook crisis Limpopo learners are facing cannot be allowed to happen again," she said.

The DA's Limpopo spokesperson, Desiree van der Walt, said the education department's admission that it routinely shredded textbooks was criminal.

"Public money is being spent to destroy reading material in a province where children at over 5 000 schools do not have textbooks," she said.

She called for a full investigation into the destruction of textbooks in the province.

"Our site inspection in Seshego found thousands of perfectly usable books, many of which were still in their original packaging," she said.

  • Irene - 2012-06-24 23:08

    What Motshekga family member is a beneficiary of EduSolutions?

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-25 06:39

      You go Angie, keep your fellow African's children uneducated while your own children are in private schools with our children. If it was one of my children affected by your greed and incompetence I would immediately sue the living daylights out of you and your incompetent department. But hey Angie we all know that the affected parties are all just poor Africans that can be ignored and p##sed on. So you go girl, steal as much as you can but please use it wisely like for example for plastic surgery because girl you are repulsive.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-06-25 07:59

      she belongs to the same criminal organistaion that the edusoltions directors belong to. You know which one

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-06-25 08:08

      A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am." The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude." She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a DA supporter!" "I am," replied the man. "How did you know?" "Well," answered the balloonist," everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me." The man smiled and responded, "You must be an ANC Government official" "I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?" "Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it's my fault."

  • colin.dovey - 2012-06-24 23:22

    EduSolutions is a subsidiary of a burgeoning empire called African Access Holdings. The directors of African Access include Mogopodi Mokoena, a former Gauteng director general and Joy Matsebula, a former acting director in the office of the presidency during Thabo Mbeki’s term, as well as other former top government officials. When is somebody going to join the dots?

      Jujupuke - 2012-06-24 23:36

      I agree the last dot must lead to the fullstop to end these corrupt ministers. Get angry people they're squandering our taxes. I'm sick of this corrupt government time for a change!

      Johann Haggy Haggard - 2012-06-25 01:18

      When Angi opened her Loud mouth we knew here comes another ANC cover up. we all knew and waited to find out which ANC official's family member will emerge as a shareholder of the supply company. and Whallah - Bingo - we were right

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-06-25 06:09

      Oh! Not another corrupt relationship at the expense of the citizens. Thanks for making us aware Xavier.

      brianmacza - 2012-06-25 07:04

      Amazingly, they are also into road repair... makes you think a bit

      markvandiggelen - 2012-06-25 07:54

      I know of so much corruption in that business, every dog has it's day

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-06-25 08:02

      @brianmacza they are into everything including logistics, security, travel agents. Any tender they can lay their hands on, they will form a company fitting that tender requirements and then sub contract the work out

  • Jujupuke - 2012-06-24 23:42

    Lay criminal charges lets see her squirm when the hawks start looking into her and her gravy train buddies. Shame on you Angie this is child abuse!

  • ted.muusha - 2012-06-25 00:08

    Its surely criminal to shred books. The library at the school I went to had books as old as apartheid itself but they worked! Someone is benefiting from annual supplies. Who are these people? Do they have blood, flesh and bone like me? Imagine what really this can be called in a country like China. This is treasonous.

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-06-25 00:22

    The Constitution (Section 28) says that every child has a right: ... to be educated ... to be protected from child abuse Every politician (Minister) swears an oath to enforce and to protect the Constitution. The Constitution also allows EVERYONE the right to approach the Constitutional Court when (Children's) Rights have been infringed or threatened. In other words the Minister of Education must explain to the ConCourt why Children's rights are not enforced by the Minister of Education in Limpopo. The Rights of a Child (to be educated) is not a game.

  • makola.kholofelo - 2012-06-25 00:39

    You know some people are heartless but how can somebody dump the TEXT BOOKS while us Learners are in need of them. We don't even have a library near us in my area where I came from, if you need one you've to travel some several kilometres agaa man this is not fair at all.

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-25 08:19

      Those textbooks are useful no matter how old they are. The fact that some if the textbooks are still in their original packaging and have never been opened or distributed but have been sent for destruction is reprehensible especially considering there are thousands of people needing textbooks and reference books for schools and libraries. What gives the powers that be the right to make the decision to with hold or destroy a person's education? What gives them the right to waste money by ordering and then shredding or burning textbooks?

  • Steven - 2012-06-25 00:55

    How do these so called humans sleep at night.Screwing their own flesh and blood over in return for millions.They have no respect for anybody or anything let alone the feelings of thousands of "bookless" kids who depend on these morons for their future!!!!!!!!

  • Darra - 2012-06-25 01:58

    Something is rotten in the 'state' of education. It stinks! Books being burned? Thats sacrilege. Only in South Africa. Knowledge reduced to ashes! Seems a simple solution to the re-use of the books. Passing on the books from one pupil to another means no new orders! Only the anc can allow something like this .... and then give us an 'explanation' !!!! Please people. Your children are damaged by this ruling party.... and they continue to do so. What more do you need to realise that these are the worst possible people to run a country on the planet!

  • Sidney Olifant - 2012-06-25 02:56

    SKANDE SKANDE SKANDE keep the poeple in the dark and rule them for they wont have a voice as long as they are uneducated

  • Abueng - 2012-06-25 04:28

    that is why my intention is to take my daughter private school.

  • muzie.ndlovu1 - 2012-06-25 04:56

    I find it disturbing that when we as a country faces a bleak future due to poor detoriating education systems in the country we also have to discuss issues of extreme incapable suppliers offered huge bids when infact they are unable to delever and procedures appears to have been ignored purpose in a corrupt intention. May be this is another opportunity for President JZ to show the public that he deals with corrupt combrades the same way there are'nt exceptions when it comes to corruption I guess!

      Adam - 2012-06-25 06:01

      Muzie, zuma couldn't give a f..k about you.The only person that can help you is yourself.The anc has proved it CANNOT govern, so dont vote for them.You will be helping yourself and those that are too stupid to understand.

  • Billy - 2012-06-25 05:46

    Yes please. and! Why is the ancyl not all over this? Prime example of how far away their true loyalty is to the youth. please take note ancyl supporters

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-06-25 08:05

      Billy, the ancyl are demanding that the pupils receive an autmatic pass because they did not receive the required text books. Their idea of an education is to receive a pass even if they learnt zilch

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-06-25 08:07

      Billy - 2012-06-26 15:00

      right. missed that, my mistake. wow they are so misguided

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-06-25 05:54

    While all of this is happening, the president is concerned about the so-called \second transition\. How do you move on to the next level if you can't get the basics right? His silence on this matter is deafening, to say the least.

      seymore.butt - 2012-06-25 06:43

      because he himself is not educated. How will we know the importance of formal education?

  • menzirethabile.ndosi - 2012-06-25 05:58

    iDA ayismele kancane

  • savannah.theron - 2012-06-25 06:05

    I have no words to describe the outrage I feel. This is beyond disgraceful and I hope that heads will roll soon. What they have done is nothing short of criminal and they should be punished accordingly. We need another public response here to ensure that action is taken. Remember what happened with e-tolls? Make your voices heard so that these people are removed from office as soon as possible.

  • Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-06-25 06:20

    am nt suprised,thats what is expected frm ruling party

  • yimpra - 2012-06-25 06:59

    What in the hell this minister of education thinking? Six months gone and no study material for the schools of Limpopo while she is gettin paid for doing a below mediocre job. This government is being run by corrupt, greedy, slow thinkers!

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-06-25 07:14

    A mere pencil costing R13.00 each? Come on Angie!

  • muofhe.mutelemutobvu - 2012-06-25 07:15

    this children are suppose to b better leaders for tomorrow but what the goverment is doing is really unfair.what happens to child's ryt?

  • Tone Mk - 2012-06-25 07:22

    Really children do not matter anymore, so greed stands in your way, what happened to every child has a RIGHT to education and PROTECTION to child abuse. how could you allow thar ANGIE :(

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-25 07:27

    I'm surprised the ANCYL hasn't had a protest march regarding this issue....guess its because it actually concerns the youth...again I question the ANCYL's purpose.....

      Zahir - 2012-06-25 07:34

      There is no money or profit to be made out of this crisis for them

  • itumeleng.tshatiwa - 2012-06-25 07:31

    The DA fight for the rights of the poor soo fearlessly heh!

  • Zahir - 2012-06-25 07:32

    Anc keeping the voters poor and uneducated some things don't change

  • James - 2012-06-25 07:42

    When rotten apples are not removed from the apple box, all the apples will eventually rot. We are doomed. Nobody can be trusted with anything any longer. What a sick state of mind. If Angie has indeed ties with EduSolutions which she never revealed then she has the obligation to resign and apologize.

      savannah.theron - 2012-06-25 10:44

      Apologize? APOLOGIZE? I don't want an apology or a resignation. I want punishment and public naming and shaming!!!!

  • mark.dare.35 - 2012-06-25 07:59

    I say let the 5000 schools go without text books and let the kids all grow up stupid - thats what the ANC wants. And if the voters put the ANC into power in Limpopo again, then they DESERVE to be treated this way. Simple equation. - 2012-06-25 09:17

      Mark, the problem is that more stupid voters just allows the corruption to get worse. How we allow government leaders to break the Constitutional Laws is beyond me. She and her cadres should be fired (not moved to another job) and capable suppliers appointed.

  • patricia.spooner.1 - 2012-06-25 08:21

    I see that nothing has changed and Comments still disappear without any explenation!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-06-25 09:39

    Unforgiveable , history will judge you harshly Madam Minister and the effects of the time lost in the last 6 months will linger on for years and there won't be any apartheid legacy to blame this time around

  • zakhele.nkosi.54 - 2012-06-25 12:27

    The Enemy of our a well educated and an informed nation...its a tactic to keep our kids, brothers and sisters a step behind from their kids who are studying abroad and preparing to be the next generation of corrupt leaders. It's Owell's \Animal Farm\. EduSolution is owned by former government mandarins and is as equally corrupt, I would not be suprised there's a friend or family member of Motshekga's benefitting from this dodgy seems to be the order of conducting their business anyway!!

      zakhele.nkosi.54 - 2012-06-25 13:04

      I wouldn't be suprised Kenny...the tender-system has failed virtually everything within our governmental departments, only to benefit a few connected individuals!

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-06-25 12:38

    Head games with the brainless: Good tactic Helen!!! Support Auntie Angie and then she definitely will get fired!!! hehehehehe!!!!

  • mandlapatricks - 2012-06-26 15:33

    The Angie/Edusolusion saga is notnew to us, the publishers and booksellers.Systems which are culpable of working in this matter of books delivery are there but are not acceptable to the minister and the DGs because they have an interest to Edusolusion. We are available to help the department of education with suitable ,straight forward, affordable fraud free , fast way of delivering books to schools. Our experience goes a long way in this. We can give you a simple ,practical workable document that will solve this problem once and for all. This thing will never work unless the fraud stars who always want to know their stake before they award a business are still having the final say,Let us help speed up deliveries here. We know what is that we are talking about.

  • tony.wardle.75 - 2012-07-01 11:29

    Even her commie raids think she's useless, so honour amongst thieves?

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