Dept intimidates Limpopo schools - claim

2012-09-13 21:01

Polokwane - Several Limpopo schools have been instructed by the department of basic education to be silent on the delivery of textbooks, a community leader said on Thursday.

Solanga Milambo visited eight schools in the province to find out if they had received textbooks, he told a briefing in Johannesburg by non-governmental organisation Section27.

"Some of the schools that I went to, mostly the principals and SGBs [school governing bodies], they were told that they mustn't... give us any information regarding the textbooks," he said.

"They were told this by the [Basic Education] Minister [Angie Motshekga]... They were told they are not going to receive any of the other textbooks and they must use what they [have] got."

He said some schools had not received the textbooks they originally ordered.

Limpopo education department former chief financial officer Solly Tshitangano said it would never supply correct information about how many textbooks it had delivered.

"If they are saying that it is correct [in its figures of delivery], let them open all the schools or allow all the principals to talk. All the media houses must go and interview the principals so you can get the truth."

Tshitangano was dismissed from the department after he uncovered tender irregularities in the appointment of EduSolutions.

Section27, Tondani Masiphephetu, the mother of two pupils at a Limpopo school, and Hanyani Thomo Secondary School filed an application in the North Gauteng High Court on September 10 after the department failed to comply with an order to deliver textbooks to all schools in Limpopo.

The case was expected to be heard on September 27.

In May, the High Court ordered the department to deliver the textbooks by June 15. This was later extended, by mutual agreement, to June 27.

However some schools had complained that they had still not received any books.

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-13 21:15

    And come election day you will again vote for these incompetent, corrupt, clan of thieves called the ANC...suffer, you have asked for it!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-13 21:18

    Denial, a river in zimpopo...

      godfrey.welman - 2012-09-13 22:21

      ...which runs thru the entire anc

  • katlego.hlongwane.7 - 2012-09-13 21:25

    Wow this is shocking, it's the children who suffer. Corruption will destroy South Africa.

  • Johnson - 2012-09-13 21:28

    Juju is fighting Ramaphosa who is the actual employer of the workforce at Lonmin, he is not concerned with his comrades not delivering text books

  • prec.mem - 2012-09-13 21:52

    The whole teaching profession here is a bit like Afghanistan - people are too scared to open their mouths.

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-13 22:21

    Behold South Africa. The might of the ANC is crumbling around them!!

  • Terence Hermanus - 2012-09-14 00:28

    I agree... they will vote the same again... i cant believe such idiocy... boggles the mind... but they can burn innocent peoples property.... like that crap will help...

  • Tebz001 - 2012-09-14 05:40

    yet Mr President claims that service delivery is ok!..

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-14 07:44

    It's a disgrace . Responsible people for this dismal failure, should be jailed immediately . It's a criminal offense keeping the children stupid and illiterate. They can't keep feeding them boerewors rolls in lieu of votes. This will only work for the next 50 years. Blame apartheid of course . Who invented boerewors?

  • teleki.maker - 2012-09-14 07:57

    I am speechless people.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-14 09:31

    I am so sick of the education nonsense. Herewith we have overpaid people to carry out simple tasks and they cant even do a simple job. If this is what government calls basic education it should be called rare education. Seems simple minded people is good for a country. Just look what is happening all over the mines, these miners have very little education, dont think for themselves and throw away their livelyhood to follow a guy that has never done a hard days job in his life. Its time for change, nearly 20 years down the line and things are getting worse and not better. Now is the time to stop all these stupid policies you spend hours creating that are clearly not working. Now is the time to step in, throw the gloves off and get stuck in and all start working and doing a decent job that should have been followed up many many years ago. I say no more dictator governments, change and work together with all the people, we are tired of you singling people out, time for cadres to move over and let people in who can do the job. Give Cadres and TEMPUR bed, let them go sleep it off.

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