Dept says arson to blame for burnt books

2012-07-23 21:20

Johannesburg - Thousands of burnt textbooks have been found in a warehouse in Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape, the DA said on Monday.

"We have written to MEC Mandla Makupula demanding an explanation as to how valuable public resources for Eastern Cape children were allowed to be destroyed in this irresponsible way," Democratic Alliance provincial education spokesperson Edmund van Vuuren said in a statement.

However, provincial education department spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said the books found in Fort Beaufort were destroyed during an arson attack.

The books were from the old Cape College of Education, which was closed in 1996, and had no relevance to current textbooks, Pulumani said.

"The old store-room was burnt down on 16 June. It is a suspected arson case. The books are more than 10-years-old."

Van Vuuren said the books, most of them mathematics textbooks, were found by a DA inspection team.

"Given the massive shortages of both textbooks and workbooks in schools, every single book that does not reach a school will have an impact on a child’s ability to learn," he said.

Boxes of books still wrapped in packaging were found in other parts of the district warehouse.

"The department needs to account for how many boxes of books remain inside the warehouse, and when these will be delivered to schools," Van Vuuren said.

"The destruction of these books raises serious questions about why proper care was not taken to ensure that they were delivered to schools on time at the beginning of the year."

Like Limpopo, the Eastern Cape has also been plagued by textbook problems.

Earlier this month, several thousand school workbooks were returned to the Eastern Cape education department because they were in the wrong language.

When approached for comment, provincial officials referred all questions to the national department.

National spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said the department ordered books based on numbers given to it by the province.

"The other provinces all seem to be correct, so why is it only in the Eastern Cape? It must tell you something about that province," he said.

At the time, Van Vuuren said the department's database for Port Elizabeth showed 25 370 literacy workbooks and 15 500 numeracy workbooks were still outstanding.

"Claims... that chronic book delivery problems are limited only to the Port Elizabeth district, are false," he said.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-23 21:31

    There is a huge difference between "more than 10 years old" and 16+ years old - maybe it was too big a sum.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-23 21:37

      "the books, most of them mathematics textbooks" Oh well, that certainly answered my question....

      al.chemist.7106 - 2012-07-23 22:25

      Ran out of fingers to count on

      Active - 2012-07-24 06:32

      And it took 7 months to realise it is in the wrong language.

      george.casper.315 - 2012-07-24 07:44

      It's that damned apartheid person again!

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 10:59

      fire started by jacob verwoerd

  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-23 21:35

    This textbook saga smells of someone trying to sabotage Zuma's reelection bid.

      Aaron - 2012-07-23 21:44

      NO, I think JZ is doing that all by himself.

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-07-23 21:47

      Why would any one would want a compulsive fornicating idiot as a ruler goes beyond logic.

      mmredlana - 2012-07-24 00:49

      @ gregory I do agree with you.ha ha ha thats funny!

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-24 11:31

      @gregory.jurgens, Your logic is flawed. This is south Africa, he is a proud Zulu man. You call it fornication, he sees it as a sign of prominance. Actually, you having one wife are considered an inferior man in most African cultures. infact most cultures call you an idiot for having one wife. This is africa!!!

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-23 21:41

    Its a communist plot. To destroy the morals of the youth. " they might vote Da"

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-24 01:14

      Exactly, keep them stupid, keep the vote. ACN policy. (sorry for anc spelling, I didn't get a book)

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-07-24 03:24

      I'm amazed it wasn't an apartheid plot, everything else is.

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-24 11:40

      A thinking man will not vote DA for the same reason that a thinking man won’t vote ANC. we are tired of these "Puppet votes" based on race, without even reading the various election manifestos. some don’t even know the history of the ANC or even the DA. Gullible!!!

  • Michael - 2012-07-24 06:20

    Is "Arson" a collective term for ANC politicians?

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-24 11:44

      @ Michael, No! is the crime of intentionally or maliciously setting alight property.

  • melania.nel - 2012-07-24 06:52

    Wow, has the anc educational department found a whole new \relevant\ maths curriculum other than what ever existed, EVER? This could be a breakthrough. They have found the dumb particle!!! Anc trying to butter it up I see. I guess all the doctors and scientists who took maths then feel pretty stupid now that they say it has no relevance to the current books...

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-07-24 07:19

    So this is not only in Limpopo but in every place run by the A#$%N#$%C

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-07-24 07:42

    This burning of books is just another way to keep the ANC in power, keep the blacks iliterate and uneducated so that they can be manipulated into voting for the \so called\ hand that feeds them. for instance the older generation iliterate blacks are told \r\nin which block to make their mark when voting.

      geraldsebanda - 2012-07-24 08:09

      I have spoken to my gardener and he thinks voting is like horse betting where you need to pick who you think will win and not who you want to win. These folk are told that all these problems are whites taking away from blacks. Shame

  • tshekiso.saul - 2012-07-24 08:11

    I a smell a big big rat with this books issue, a very false one nogal. In my province there was such a story in our local newspaper about a school where my younger sister attends and only to find out that all learners had books and the story was cooked. Is this story legit or cooked ha re sa tseba jwale.

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-24 11:56

      No, this story was not cooked, it may have been burnt, but clearly not cooked. LOL. But seriously, someone dropped a ball here and the media is loving it.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-24 08:52

    so we can blame this on the boeremag

  • sagren.padayachie - 2012-07-24 08:55

    A society that burns books, has very little hope of succeeding. Those responsible need to be prosecuted.

  • gregoryjgrove - 2012-07-24 08:59

    Of course it was arson - and the same arsonists that burnt the other text books: The ANC.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-24 09:13

    hey banna , just because the books are old does not make them irrelevant . Why not donate them to a newly opened library ? You guys lack foresight I tell you

  • dewalds3 - 2012-07-24 09:56

    Those were old mathematic books - probably old mathematics as well. You cannot run modern ANC municipalities on old maths....

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-24 10:55

    I call this CONCEALING EVIDENCE. This problem has been going on for a very long time but it has only now been uncovered. Hence all the past evidence being destroyed. Arson, yes, but we know who the culprits are......the lead all the way to parliment. But thats, ok, let them keep the uneducated or semi literate, its only the people who realize how a good education can uplift a person and they are the very people that has come out and made a noise, those that choose to say nothing, and, thats a lot of people, too fearful to speak out then they must suffer the consequences....come voting time, guess they will vote for the very same useless bunch.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-07-25 09:40

    Arms deals link

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