Leaked info appalling - education dept

2012-07-09 22:21

Johannesburg - The Limpopo department of education is appalled at media reports quoting information "leaked" by the agencies investigating it.

"The Limpopo department of education is once again appalled by several articles in the weekend and weekly newspapers quoting 'leaked' reports from credible... agencies," provincial spokesperson Pat Kgomo said in a statement on Monday.

He singled out reports containing leaked information from Gobodo Forensic, Deloitte and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

"The department holds these agencies in high esteem and [believes] that these agencies would not compromise their integrity in the society by 'leaking' confidential reports to the media," he said.


"We believe that, if it is true that these reports have been leaked from their side, they will take drastic steps against individuals who continue to tarnish their credibility."

He said the department appreciated the agencies' conduct in the other Limpopo departments which had been placed under administration.

"As the department, we would like to put it on record that we have not received any official reports from either one of the agencies," he said.

"The department commits itself that at the point when they receive the official reports, it will act according to their recommendations without failure."

The Star reported on Friday that the department paid service provider Aurecon JV R2m a month more than what was originally tendered, six months before the department went bankrupt last year.


According to documents seen by the newspaper, the department also extended Aurecon JV's three-year contract by six months.

The Mail & Guardian reported that, according to a confidential affidavit by a Gobodo forensic auditor investigating on behalf of the Treasury, there was a "significant deviation" from the tender initially entered into with Aurecon JV.

It also reported on Friday that the SIU was investigating 22 department officials over irregularities in tenders worth hundreds of millions of rand.

A confidential SIU report leaked to the newspaper reportedly showed that the R680m contract awarded to politically connected company EduSolutions for textbooks, educational toys, science kits and other material for the 2011 school year was one of those under scrutiny.

Right to education

The Star reported on June 29 that the department had also spent millions on accommodation for employees who never attended workshops.

The information, compiled by forensic auditing firms Gobodo and Deloitte, also claimed that the department had approved payments that included "fraudulent claims for discounts" by EduSolutions.

The Democratic Alliance said on Monday the office of public protector had confirmed that its investigation into tender irregularities between EduSolutions and the department last year were at a "advanced" stage.

"Millions of Limpopo's public money has been wasted because of acute financial mismanagement and tender-for-pals in this department. This has effectively denied our learners their right to education as seen in the current Limpopo textbook crisis," provincial DA education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said.

"The DA is keenly waiting for the public protector's final report and if any wrong doing is found against any official of the department, we will be calling for criminal charges to be initiated."

The public protector's office was not immediately available to comment on its investigation.

  • thutothegreat - 2012-07-09 22:33

    and the plot thickens..

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-09 23:09

      What is appalling is that nobody in the province of Limpopo will criminally convicted.

      Walter - 2012-07-10 06:59

      This is the reason why the current ANC government is trying to gag the press; they, the press, have every right, within the constitution, to publish all the ills and goings on and the figures illustrated by Christelle justifies everything good or bad written about them. Freedom of the press is vital. The general public must know what is happening to their taxes and the poor must know why their lot is not getting any better! VOTE WITH YOUR HEADS, FOR GOODNESS SAKE. Let's change the government for the better!

  • sandra.j.rennie - 2012-07-09 22:41

    What's new ? This tender for pals has been going on for years ! and they never deliver ! Pathetic really, isn't it. Do they think they will never get caught out! AND please where were the teachers for the last 6 months? At home on full pay ? Did they complain? No ? Yes? If no, why not? because More is nog 'n dag !

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-09 22:44

    Poor Limpopo, l dont even know what to say because the people are still going to vote for this ANC when elections come, all this is nothing to them. so who cares

      Christelle - 2012-07-09 22:59

      Mantsho - it takes one person at a time to make a stand. Don't stand back - speak to your friends, vote for change - Please. More and more people are starting to realise what is happening in that province. We as white South Africans want change for your province - we see how the children are suffering!!!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-09 23:12

      you right Mantsho. those that vote for the ANC deserve what they get and I feel nothing for them. I feel sorry for all the others that have to suffer

      Christelle - 2012-07-09 23:23

      Ryan, the largest majority of the people voting for the ANC are uneducated. I feel sorry for them because they are being brainwashed by false promises.....I feel sorry for them because they are truly suffering for the "abuse" syndrome.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-10 01:19

      Christelle, there is some merit to what you say. but there are loads that are racist, stuck in the past, educated (but naturally stupid), or any combination of aforementioned. and those in particular get no sympathy

      longile.bongani - 2012-07-11 13:45

      The reality sadly is that the vast majority of them are totally uninterested in education. The parents dont care about their kids education, they would prefer them to be at home helping and most of the kids bunk off anyway.Sitting at a desk doing arithmetic is a white imposed culture. Now this country is ruled by africans, where is the motivation coming from to educate the masses. Sadly the minority africans that realise the importance are just in far too much of a minority. The politicians glady pocket 80% of the budget through the tenders, so sadly vast majority of people are happy and we all know majority rules. So so sad

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-09 23:00

    that close by zanu-pf handbook BEATING THE LIMPOOPOO SKULLS HARD ne? what's the next chapter. How to flay a farmer before murdering? OR just pay your chommie leader via used cash by the lorry load? somehow doesn't QUITE seem blackened transformed commie style yet.

  • Tommo - 2012-07-09 23:09

    What is even more appalling are the figures in this article showing that millions upon millions of rands have been waisted and stolen. And all the kiddies still sit with nothing to work on at school. So sad.

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-09 23:10

    F*ck you Kgobo (and the Limpopo education department) .. corruption and incompetence should never be confidential !!! the public deserves to know what is going on with this government

  • B.b. - 2012-07-09 23:12

    If u want this country to be run in a proper manner, make DA the investigating unit not a ruling party because we don't know what's in an individual's mind. All those who have been voted to rule the country have never told us that they were gonna be corrupt and so is DA,,,they won't tell us if they will be corrupt also just because they are still hungry,,,wants they grab it, we are not sure wat will happen. ANC is not a corrupt organization, but the people who were voted to work for the people who are betraying the party

      Christelle - 2012-07-09 23:27

      Heavens B.d. I see you as an educated person. How can you reason like this - the ANC is not a corrupt organization? Of course it is not - it is what the people make of it - and the people are corrupt. Finish and klaar. And by voting for them, you give them a mandate to carry on with their corruption. Please buddy. Hear what we say!

      B.b. - 2012-07-09 23:35

      Good pal,,,but I don't know the second, minute, hour, date, day, week, month or even year of disappointment. Mayb I will cast my vote to the DA and become disappointed once again and then who to trust thereafter?

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-09 23:57

      Too much smoking stuff, all round.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-10 00:02

      Bb: if you already know the ANC to be represented by those that are corrupt, take your courage in both your hands and give your precious vote to a party that is at least trying toniplift the people. For each and every vote the ANC does not win in the next election, means they have to work that much harder to win back the trust of the people. 18 years ago that trust was given willingly and over the years that trust has been eroded. The time has come for government to be challenged. They will best be challenged by receiving fewer votes in the next election. When they see fewer votes it will at last be clear to them that they have overstepped the line and must repair the damage they have done.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-10 00:59

      Bd listen my friend. A true democracy is one where the power constantly changes. Look around the world. That is the beauty of a true democracy....You vote for one party, they screw up and they do not deliver what they promise - vote them out with the next election. On party can only mess up so much in a period of 5 years - but my friend, our government has been in power for a couple of terms, and it is going worse and worse all the time. Bd - all governments mess up, yes it happens. There is a saying though - insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. You see where I am going. Carry on voting for the ANC and you will carry on getting the same result. And that is insanity.....

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-10 01:23

      B.b ... continuing to vote for the ANC because "the ANC is not a corrupt organisation, its the people in it who are corrupt", is BIZARRE logic

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-10 08:59

      No intelligent person would ever vote for the ANC. You cannot use the word mentality when referring to the sub species. This implies a some level of mental functionality which is in reality not present. The situation with the sub species is that it performs its various quasi human functions without having the capacity to appreciate the consequences of its actions, it is completely incapable of empathy. It can mimic other beings but does so without comprehension. It is totally ego centric having no regard for others or their reactions or their responses to its behaviour. It exists in a childlike state requiring gratification simply on a to see is to want level, failing to understand notions of property, ownership or rights.

      Ann - 2012-07-13 08:44

      @ B.b. Why resist voting for DA in case they might turn out corrupt like ANC?ANC IS corrupt & ruining the country - already known. See the evidence of ANC in Limpopo - no words to describe the rot. See the evidence of DA in Cape. Be honest with yourself - ANC is rotten and cannot be aloud to continue by sane people. (As I write I feel like I am stating the obvious - like hey the sky is blue - so why on earth ANC still has supporters defeats me ... it is SO clear they are a joke ...)

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-07-09 23:14

    It is de Apartheid fault dis rubbeesh

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-09 23:19

    This is an internal ANC matter. On-one else needs to know anything more. Next you peasants will want to know how our tax revenue is spent. Holy Cow!!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-10 11:19

      Imagine that - the temerity! Good grief, it is the ANC's right to rule until the end of time! Unfortunately this is according to the Mayans in December 2012, so they have 6 months left to blow it all!

  • B.b. - 2012-07-09 23:22

    Where are all the Rastaman\r\nThat used to walk the woods\r\nAnd have a little talk now and then\r\nEven as we should oh yeah\r\nWhere are all the Rastaman\r\nThat used to build our schools And teach the children rights\r\nDown here in Babylon And teach the children rights\r\nDown here in Babylon Where are all the Rastaman\r\nThat used to stand upright\r\nWith their staff in their hands\r\nPreaching to the leaders\r\nWhere are all the Rastaman\r\nThat used to till the soil And feed our nation Lord\r\nDown here in Babylon

      Steve - 2012-07-10 11:37

      Shyte Bb. It would be easier to read Morse-Code!!!!!!! What are you on about?????????

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-07-10 00:21

    Is in't Malema's company which is mandated to dish out these tenders? Is it not why they disbanded the scorpion. Thank you ANC you doing the poor without the condom nogal.

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-07-10 00:34

    News24 has become a platform for the DA to campaign, go on guys but u won't win majority of the black people

      Irene - 2012-07-10 00:50

      @Michael ~ Come on man. Grow up and admit what scum cANCer is. Don't blame News24 for reporting the corruption, rather be grateful that they're showing you what filth are running the country. So sad that people like you are too ignorant and arrogant to admit that you're backing a loser!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-10 01:24

      No Michael - they simply report irregularities - something the ANC makes themselves guilty of. You want to tell me all the things they report about the corruption is untrue. Then why does they ANC not take them to task. And your comment "u wont win the majority of the black people" is so utterly racist. And Michael - stop giving yourself thumbs up.....please - you are making yourself look like a fool

      jakes.cakedregs - 2012-07-10 02:53

      Little Michael has discovered that he can press his own thumbs up button. How charmingly naive! Just like his comments!

      Erna - 2012-07-10 05:54

      And the stupid anc makes it so easy for the DA to campaign against them.

      hans.moerdyk - 2012-07-10 07:06

      The strategy is clear: Dont supply children with books, they would remain stupid and still vote for us.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-10 08:59

      So where exactly did you obtain your degree in Political Philosophy Michael? You sound like a man of some considerable substance.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-10 00:46

    Appalled? Seems like an awfully big word to be used by the folks who are short of text books.

  • sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-10 03:12

    The truth hurts ! The education department is a bloody disgrace ! They are pathetic !!

  • Mark - 2012-07-10 04:53

    Spare us the righteous indignation, thieves. I mean, if you hadn't ransacked the coffers, and had done your jobs properly, there would be no investigation and no leaks to begin with. What a dreary chain of causality. Since you probably lack the vocabulary to understand that sentence, let me help you out. You steal. You too stupid to cover up. You get investigation. You see information leak. Now you angry. See.. you angry because you steal. You too stupid to understand. Why you no like logic?

  • dave.abner.56 - 2012-07-10 05:31

    So let me get this straight, the limpopo DoE has got no intention of acting against the officials who fraudulently led to their financial woes but it does intend takinh action against the officials who leaked the info. Does Jacob, Angie or Blade not see anything wrong with their priorities?

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-07-10 05:35

    I I wonder if the voters next election when they will inefitably put bthe ANC into power again, expect honest competant management from them? Is it not the definition of stupidity doing the same thing and expect other results of your action? If this definition is true would it not mean that voters in SA voting for the ANC in 2014 is totally and utterly stupid

  • Erna - 2012-07-10 05:46

    The fact that information is leaked appalls them but the actual textbook fiasco is not considered appalling! Something wrong with their priorities!

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-07-10 05:47

    Its sad that morons like you actually have a vote and propbably will vote for the ANC. Does democracy work? That's the question. The answer is, yes, when you take lying, corrupt thieves like the ANC out of the equation

  • lana.crous - 2012-07-10 06:21

    No, no, no, Pat Kgomo is missing the point completely. What is appalling is that the department is being investigated in the first place. What is appalling is that hundreds of kids are going to fail their schooling as a result of grown ups greed and lack of integrity and incompetence. Stop misdirecting and start fixing the problem! Teachers and officials in the education department should start being the example of integrity, honesty and competence that will inspire kids around the country to excel and make a good life for themselves, not teach them by example how to be dishonest, lazy and uncaring!

  • godesha - 2012-07-10 06:28

    I think it is apalling that the children have no text books halfway through the year. Shame on you Angie and cronies. You are no better than the previous regime.

      Thebigguyjim - 2012-07-10 06:37

      In fact they are far worse.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-10 08:46

      Godesha the previous regime never did this to the black children. They always had books. They even had classrooms and desks. The ANC cannot make this claim.

      godesha - 2012-07-10 10:37

      Bless, I am fully aware of that and I think a lot of people who were educated during those years are better off than the kids of today. I really feel sorry for those who fought for freedom only to be oppressed by their own people, for I believe that lack of education is oppression at its worst.

  • Adv Silver Make - 2012-07-10 06:47

    It is said that people are missing the point and start to attack each other. The point here is the investigations are supposed to be confidential until the final report is made. The leakages will make people to be scared to come forward with information as they might be exposed. This is scary and must be condemned for all what it is worth! let us try to be constructive rather than attacking each other or demonisation of the ANC. It has brought major changes in the lives of the majority of the people of SA.

      Ze Don - 2012-07-10 07:51

      You're right the anc has changed MANY peoples lives... By denying them an education, they're forcing them into poverty! By steeling BILLIONS they kept people in shacks! Must I carry on? - 2012-07-10 08:06

      After the confidential report is given to the government, they bury it & say this is an anc internal matter & has nothing to do with the people !!

      fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-07-10 08:20

      Concur to great extend, but, what did it b ring in terms of Education, health and sound governement?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-10 08:42

      The ANC has brought about change, but not necessarily for the better.

  • Deon van der Merwe - 2012-07-10 06:53

    The best of 50 million is Zuma,Angie,Malema,etc. What does it tell you about the rest? They will still vote for the ANC no matter what. Deona

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-07-10 07:55

      It's called voting behavior wet-wick. DA has NEVER been seen in far rural areas. Ask people in Bochum or Dendron if they've ever heard of Hellen Zille, they'll tell you NO. If DA is serious about wanting to lead the country, maybe they should start by showing themselves. But they show themselves were the /educated elite/ is concentrated. Then that's what they'll get. It's not even guaranteed that those educated ones will vote for them. I'm not bad my self, and I know what they stand for.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-10 07:23

    i will laugh the day gov changes and all these comrades are investigated and thrown into the rubbish, i mean jail

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-10 07:32

    What they really find appalling is the fact that their stupidity, greed and corruptness is being exposed.

  • craig.king.7505 - 2012-07-10 07:45

    Blah blah blah . . so what? This is all just becoming the norm and absolutely nothing will be done. We will continue to read of newer and bigger corruption scandals until we are all completely inured to them. This corruption is the new normal and we will look back in a year or two and remember these days as being relatively OK. The only people who care are the few taxpayers but the large voting numbers don't come from the minority and so this theft of other people's money will simply carry on without hindrance. - 2012-07-10 08:13

      The reason why the masses still vote for anc is because the majority are poor, have no jobs & don't pay taxes. Therefore how can you still money from the poor if they have no money. This is the logic applied by the poor to corruption, this is also why they will never see corruption as anything but stealing money from the whites, note not taxpayer

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-10 08:40

      Actually, the poor need to understand that it is not theft from the whites, but the theft of their futures ...

      kevin.kramer111 - 2012-07-10 10:59

      You are 100% right..this is the tragedy of Africa....but they will still blame the white man for all of their ails...forever and a responsibility, no accountability, no ability...much like children...

  • Robin - 2012-07-10 07:49

    The tragedy of it all is that the one singular thing that could really uplift the black population (education) is mismanaged by the government and instead it is trying its utmost to "re-distribute" the existing wealth (of mainly whites) in order to make up for it !

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-10 08:38

      It is not the leak that is appalling, what what it has revealed.

  • Clive - 2012-07-10 07:51

    Do the job what you are being paid for honestly and properly and you would not have to fear investigations and possible leaks ! Investigations costs tax payers millions. And the amazing thing, you keep your job!

  • badballie - 2012-07-10 08:01

    In other words the Education department is appalled that their ineptitude has been made public.

  • Archie - 2012-07-10 08:10

    Government printers should be printing these school books,but then no one could get their grubby paws on the money,these idiots are more worried about their good names than schooling the kids to a bettet future.Its is time for the communist managed ANC to explode and be replaced by the Democratic Alliance.

  • Alan - 2012-07-10 08:26

    and the poor little black children stay stupit !!!!!

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-07-10 08:39

    Am I reading this correctly. An education department has "confidential" documents? All kinds of wrong just there, why would they have confidential documents - hiding something. I've been thinking about this story. In my day, my parents would been really pissed off if I didn't receive any textbooks. So much so, that they probably would requested and made copies of the old textbooks for me. Secondly, my previous teachers would have probably contacted other provinces to at least get one textbook and made copies for every child in their class, and thirdly, my headmaster would have gone to the education department/papers the next day after the books were supposed to have arrive and didn't. But no, let's rather toy-toy for more money and less education.

  • Arthur Salvado - 2012-07-10 08:40

    They were all buried under all the cash ( millions) and could not see that the books had not been delivered........not that they cared . Shame on you Zuma but perhaps because you have a very limited education you want others to follow.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-10 08:51

    I hope Ms Mandosela finds dirt on these people, so they can understand that every action/decision has a consequence, and they must f*king learn to take responsibility and deal with the consequences.

  • Willem - 2012-07-10 10:04

    If I give you R20 to give me a Coke, don't I have the right to my Coke and change? The people of this country give the government millions in tax. They pay the Departments officials to much for the competency the have, and then they waist millions on services never supplied. Don't the citizens of this country have a right to at least know how the department lost their money?

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-07-10 10:05

    Can someone over there have the balls to say they did wrong and apologise. Some is guilty, and this country would be soo much better if people just admit to their short falls.

  • erneyb - 2012-07-10 10:55

    What "integrity" has the Limpopo department of education have ???? Must be only in their own eyes through D&G sunglasses.

  • Michael - 2012-07-10 11:11

    Joke we will take action against you for our innability to do our job and showcasing it...this is not starting to such a victim of Aparthein....WEEWEWEEWEWWEWEWEWEWEWEWEWEWEWEWEWEWEW

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-10 11:20

    Now that is a real twister, of course the leaked info is appalling, in fact it is downright disgusting with implications of criminality, corruption and nespotism all over the place. But what is even more appalling is that the spokesperson should choose to be appalled at the leakage rather than the content. Doesn't that say a lot about the deviant mind-set of those thugs in the anc?

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  • placebo.effect - 2012-07-10 11:36

    Bad to the bone.

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-10 12:56

    So you decide to focus on being exposed for your corrupt, bungling and dismal way of running things, instead of hanging your head in shame and be determined to mend your ways? Yes, precisely to the expectations of your sort. You do as you are. Retarded and despicable.

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-10 13:09

    Parties and no work!!! Incompetent officials!!! ...and thutothegreat corect words.....and the plot thickens.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-07-11 13:49

    Appalled about what?Compromising what integrity? What credibility? Had Pat Kgomo's department done their work proper, this investigation would not have transpired and hence a savings to the taxpayer who reserves the RIGHT TO KNOW because it is the taxpayer's money that is being squandered.Because of his remarks,Pat Kgomo's position to hold office needs to be questioned.

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