Education DG not responsible - dept

2012-08-08 20:22

Johannesburg - Basic education director general Bobby Soobrayan was not responsible for a delay in the ordering of textbooks for Limpopo schools, his department said on Wednesday.

"The department refutes the allegation that the director general was responsible for the delay in the ordering of textbooks," spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe said.

She was responding to an article published in The New Age newspaper on Monday.

The paper reported that a presidential task team probing the Limpopo textbook saga recommended Soobrayan be fired.

The journalist assumed there was a link between the director general and EduSolutions, the company appointed to distribute textbooks, which was untrue, said Mokgatlhe.

"The article is based on assumptions on the nature of the report which has in fact not been made public or shared with any person outside the task team itself."

New Age editor Ryland Fischer said the paper stood by its story.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma received a preliminary report from the team that investigated the late delivery of textbooks.

Zuma was studying the report and urged the task team to continue and conclude its work. He would comment on the report once the matter had been concluded.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-08-08 20:29

    Would be interesting to know if Zuma is studing the report, during dinner breaks or whilst flying, seen he has been out of SA since Monday.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-08-08 21:34

      Now nobody is responsible, blame it on Microsoft, the reminder to order books did not work. For six month nobody notice something is missing, at last somebody said, O books!!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-08 21:56

      Deny,deny, deny! It wasn't me! He hit me back first Mommy!

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-08-08 20:30

    No one is to blame, we are told. Perhaps the fairies have been running amok in the department, or it zombies?

      bernpm - 2012-08-08 21:37

      it's simple...the books refused to move.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-08 22:17

      @bernpm - yet mysteriously set up camp in a field

  • esme.jansen - 2012-08-08 20:31

    Where is Spykermay? Did news24 ban him or do we have a Zimbabme system controlling the media?

  • busani.mabunda - 2012-08-08 20:37

    of course it is not . you already assured us it was Vervoet!! ANC idiots

  • andre.ackermann.14 - 2012-08-08 20:41

    Yeh yeh yeh, put the blame on somebody else...everybody else is responsible for the gemors except the highly paid incompetant heads of doing "the-back-scrating-back-club" Do they realy think we must believe their stories? Zuma is the last to acknowledge this. He is somewhere overseas so how should he know, shame!

  • Erna - 2012-08-08 20:47

    And they'll all stick together till the bitter end. Deny, deny, deny. Then lie. Then blame verwoerd.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-08 20:48

    Don't they understand the difference between responsible and accountable?

  • deon.vandermerwe.921 - 2012-08-08 20:49


      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-08 21:12

      And Verwoerd!!!!!!!!!

      Jasper Coetzee - 2012-08-09 09:30

      At least it is not Verwoerd who is guilty anymore.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-08 20:53

    Thanks N24 but as I posted a while ago, we already know that - despite all these committees and investigations and studies and research groups - no-one will ever be found responsible. From the rubbish decision of using a 3rd party thru to the failure of all parties to do a single thing for EIGHT months, we will get no real answers. We never do. Instead, as usual, we'll get a press-release (maybe even a speech) about plugging holes in processes and procedures, some people will be re-deployed and life will go on. The bottom line is that ALL parties involved showed spectacular disinterest and lack of imagination. None of them ought to be in the positions that they are in. Until voters start challenging nominations and appointments, we will continue to lurch from crisis to crisis.

  • hilary.woodcockreynolds - 2012-08-08 20:58

    It is all the fault of Oliver Cromwell. No one in the current government is responsible or accountable.

  • Michael - 2012-08-08 20:59

    Mark Heywood and Lobby group section 27 are on song, they are in charge, i like it, all departments not performing need very serious push through court actions until they do what they have to do.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-08 21:00

    At what point does the president show some backbone and make a decision to put an end to all of the speculation? Every person, department and institution that had fingers pointed at them have denied responsibility. They have in turn pointed fingers to try and deflect blame elsewhere. No one has conceded that they may have to take even partial blame. In the meantime no fewer than 4 task teams have been appointed to make recommendations. At least 1 of these reports has been made public; and has been rubbished from some quarters. The other 3 reports are bound to meet the same fate. Provincial government blames national government. National government blames the procurement agent - who lays blame back with national government. All the while, the weeks are passing and our most precious comodity, the children, seem to have taken a back seat in this tragic farce. The one person who could and should take the bull by the horns, the president, has jetted of to the Caribbean, leaving behind this unresolved mess. Within 2 weeks of the Spear painting having made news headlines, every ANC big-wig found time to make statements condemning the art and artist, the newspaper and gallery. Court papers were served. Thousands were mobilised to march on the gallery. Newspaper and gallery were intimidated and threatened to change their principled stance. Democracy was skinned alive in those two weeks. For seven months, children are being neglected and those same big-wigs have nothing to say. Democracy is again being skinned alive. In a few years those kids will have the vote. Let's hope that they still have the memory.

      opinion.blake - 2012-08-08 21:58

      Dear Vernon. You must understand that NOT acting in the best interest of South Africa is not something our president loses sleep over. He has got a lot of other more important self indulgent stuff to worry about. Give him a break! He is a proud President of an African country and needs to play the part. He's got a lot to live up to. Quite a few idols to emulate.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-08 22:25

      They will first have to apply their collective minds. This collective thinking culture will be the death of us all. The great Om therapy works well with yoga mats and people sitting atop hills. The only thing resonating around the country is extreme annoyance. We need LEADERS who TAKE ACTION.

      Erna - 2012-08-08 22:27

      Vernon - give the poor man a break. He's a very busy man jetting all over the world trying to justify the purchase of a pesonal jet. Add to that that he is 'applying his mind' which in his case could take some time.

  • sthembiso.msindo - 2012-08-08 21:16

    I know whose fault it is, it my fault i voted them into power

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-08-09 22:00

      @ sthembiso.msindo ..if more south africans can also just Acknowledge just that

  • bandile.poopalot - 2012-08-08 21:16

    In Africa, nobody takes the blame unless you're white.

      tw2066 - 2012-08-09 10:45

      LOL too true.

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-08-08 21:25

    As to why we still say minister to Angie on the devil knows

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-08-08 23:29

    Success has 1000 fathers; failure is an orphan.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-09 07:21

    Of course the DG is not responsible !! In Africa you never accept always blame someone else!! Resign you prick !!

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-09 10:42

    Actually, he is right. He is not blame. At blame are the 6 million idiots who voted ANC, got screwed over, complained like stuffed pigs, then were stoopid enough to vote ANC again. Yet again they saw the corruption and incompetance, got screwed over and then SURPRISINGLY STUPIDLY BLINDLY DUMBLY voted for the ANC again. Now, this is on the go, as is service delivery protests and corruption and so on.... and I will bet you -- BET YOU - at least half of the really bright populace votes ANC again???????????????????????????

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-08-09 18:17

    There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done

  • markpnaidoo - 2012-08-09 20:35

    APARTHEID is to blame, it was APARTHEID, the officials had no control over APARTHEID, the snow is also because of APARTHEID. . . . .

  • Johnson - 2012-10-10 22:16

    Surley it is time for the community as a whole to stand up against the fruitless expenditure and wastage of government. Strike action brought Marikana mine worker their 12500 rand. Strike action against paying tax until this government will introduce systems of transparent procurement should be the way for every law abiding citizen of this country. Government claims pro - anti corruption but does little in the form of real action or counter measure to prevent this practice from continuing in our society - I am for strike action against tax who is with me on this.

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