DA wants body set up to probe textbooks

2013-03-04 21:03

Johannesburg - An independent audit body is needed to probe the state of delivery of textbooks to schools in Limpopo, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

"Our visit to Modimolle has confirmed beyond doubt that the education department has missed the deadline to deliver books," DA leader in Limpopo Jacques Smalle said in a statement.

"Nothing short of an independent audit body is needed to establish the extent to which textbooks must still be delivered to schools in Limpopo."

The party visited three high schools in Modimolle on Monday to check on textbook deliveries.

Smalle said his party would write to the province administrator, Mzwandile Mathews, and urge him to set up an independent body to monitor the delivery.

"A visit to the warehouse where textbooks are stored, although met with extreme hostility, confirmed that there were still textbooks waiting to be despatched to various schools.

"A further visit to Solomon Mahlangu, Phagameng and Ngwanalaka High Schools revealed an acute shortage of textbooks."

At Solomon Mahlangu there were no textbooks at all for Grades eight and nine in subjects such as social science, natural science, technology, maths and Sepedi, said Smalle.

Grade 11 and 12 also had shortages in subjects such as accounting, physical science, geography and economics.

"At Ngwanalaka , Grade 11 pupils had no textbooks in all subjects... other grades have other shortages as well."

Department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said the DA was on a "fishing expedition".

"The department is inundated with calls from schools in Limpopo claiming that the DA wants to force them to publicly declare that they have not received books, despite evidence of delivery."

He said the department had accepted there were some shortages of textbooks caused by changes of enrolment of pupils across provinces.

"The department has since received information from all schools outlining shortages. We have dispatched teams to rectify the situation urgently."

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-03-04 21:20

    Where is the minister of education? Why is it that after last year they still can't get it right. You would think this would be top of the list.

      cynic.martian.3 - 2013-03-05 08:02

      'Department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said the DA was on a "fishing expedition".'. For the sake of our children, there is nothing that would make me happier than if an independent audit body would prove the DA wrong. So, please, let's get this audit body going...

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-03-04 21:20

    It must really hurt to have this open sore continuously exposed to scrutiny. Even to the point of adding salt and alcohol! Instead of continuously complaining about the DA causing them embarrassment the responsible operatives should proove their competence by delivering.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-03-04 21:29

    ah not again !

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-03-04 21:31

    The ANC will remain incompetent until the end of time and that is what they represent!!!

  • Debbie Nel - 2013-03-04 21:31

    The ANC will never take responsibility for their errors they will always look to put the blame else where

  • LesleyDGreyling - 2013-03-04 21:34

    really? again? why waste time, its our fault, its apartheids fault, we should just deliver the bloody things ourselves~!

  • Thebelele Maimela Magagane - 2013-03-04 21:34

    This people treat Limpopo like it's a foreign country (Zimbabwe). Debra 3rd degree where are u to expose them (Lesufi Panyaza)

  • Xoli Mbambo - 2013-03-04 21:40

    Oh God give us a new strong opposition party to challange the ANC.DA are confused now.

  • Jason Simpson - 2013-03-04 21:48

    Incomprehensible. Keep voting anc imbeciles.

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-04 21:57


  • Alan Smith - 2013-03-04 21:57

    ANC policy is to keep the blacks uneducated as stated by JZ in his interview with the Financial Times yesterday Voters do not make an “intellectual choice”, he says. “They still see the ANC as the party of liberation.”

  • blessing.khumalo.90 - 2013-03-04 21:58

    yes the ANC has failed in many instances but the problem we do not have an alternative in south africa DA cant be trusted and many people knows that it's just that people are confused by what is going on in the country

  • blessing.khumalo.90 - 2013-03-04 22:00

    yeh hellen Zille is spending the Guptas money very well by all these probes

  • Hide Bryanzo - 2013-03-04 22:03

    i'm an anc suporter, but let de truth b told 2 set south africans free from incompetent officials in various government department. Visit vhembe distric just 2 mention 1, no book 4 grade 12, just wen we r abut 2 finish de 1st quater.

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2013-03-04 22:05

    DA is not a party but more of the anc watchdog, really doubt them, ANC is an oiled machine and a the only party that can bring it down is the one that can implement progressive ideas for all SA citizens. Not constantly requesting inquiries. Heck y aren't they investigating other minority parties? Talk about obsession and loosing focus

      Hide Bryanzo - 2013-03-04 22:33

      phele, u seems nt 2 understand de situation, ke member ya anc, but my children r suffering in de hands of incompitent individuals, its nt abut anc or Mr President but books buta

      Tlotlo Phele - 2013-03-04 22:53

      U agree with me then , DA should rather ensure systems are in place to deliver books , than to wait for ANC to make flaws (show they put the needs of people first more than the flaws /discrediting ANC ) , instead they ask for more money to be waisted on inquiries , I will vote for proactive party, not reactive parties like ANC and DA

      Hide Bryanzo - 2013-03-04 23:52

      de is already policies in place Phele, de person in de driving seat dnt know hw 2 implement them. Wer do we start now, de probe takes years 2 b concluded, wer wil my kids b? - 2013-03-05 10:43

      Tlotlo, I understand what you are saying, but who else is supposed to highlight the problems? It surely is not the DA's responsibility to deliver text books etc. Surely it is the responsibility of the minister of education and the people in her department. Was this minister not appointed by the ANC government into this role? So if she (or some of the people in her department) is not doing her job, should opposition parties not question this? Us as individuals have voices which we air on these forums, but who is listening? The department of education keeps on denying that there is NO shortage while the DA claims there is. What is wrong with any opposition party to call for an independent audit so that our country can get to the bottom of this and the children can get their books.

      Tlotlo Phele - 2013-03-05 16:01

      Agies I hear u , my argument is y aren't we hearing solutions from opposition parties instead , remember it's easy to complain than to act, DA queries cannot be ignored by the ANC, they should rather volunteer to deliver textbooks to affected schools,I'm sure the media will cover

  • blessing.khumalo.90 - 2013-03-04 22:08

    all i am asking for,DA leaders dont do a damage to the country you'll find hard to rectify just like the ruling party one day the people will put you into power,so stop talking the country down and scaring the inverstors.that is the only reason i say you cant be seem you do not have the countrys interested at heart.

      Francois Blom - 2013-03-04 22:12

      What exactly are you trying to say? You are not making any sense... (And you cannot spell.)

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-03-04 22:19

    Are textbooks supposed to be supplied and dilivered to schools each and every year, why can't the students leave them behind when they pass their grades for the new students...or its just work books and stationary ....

  • Xoli Mbambo - 2013-03-04 22:24

    Is it true that OP want to do plea bargain?

      Hide Bryanzo - 2013-03-04 22:38

      hw does issue of books connect wth OP, u r disgusting me, bana baka a ba na dibuka wena o bolela ka pistorius.

      Xoli Mbambo - 2013-03-04 22:55

      Please tell b4 l die ?

      Mervin Skeef - 2013-03-05 04:54

      what is happening to the black nation,we use to be such a caring and sharing nations,now black people care about nothing but themselves.democracy is being abused ,and freedom of speech does not mean make ridiculous comments.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-03-05 00:33

    On the one hand 'the DA is on a fishing expedition' and on the other hand 'the department has been notified by schools where books are still outstanding'. Me thinks the spokesperson is spinning faster than his brain can work.

  • WildCatSal - 2013-03-05 01:29

    Who's 'body' are they going to use..? Just wondering.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-03-05 07:54

    The 'fishing expeditition' has resulted in a large catch of bad governance by the idiots in charge!!! When will the ANC accept accountability for their lack of delivery in all sectors????????????????????????

  • flynn.govender - 2013-03-05 10:53

    Sorry guys, JZ will not fire the minister of education - remember she sits on the board for the ANC women league. She can do what she want and she will not get fired

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