Minister denies blame for textbook delay

2012-06-22 18:27

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga denied blame on Friday for a delay in the delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools, saying she would not quit.

"I have not considered resigning," she told reporters in Polokwane.

"The best I can do is sort out what I started. I won't jump ship."

A number of factors contributed to the delay, including cash flow and administrative problems, she said at a televised press briefing, maintaining her innocence.

'I won't put my head on the block'

"I trust my officials. I had no reason to doubt them. I won't put my head on the block... and leave my children motherless.

"The head of the institution, he has the ultimate responsibility. The buck stops with him."

She said it was apparent that the previous administrator underestimated the magnitude of the deliveries. He was instructed in February to order textbooks, but delayed doing so.

"This put us under extreme pressure... In April there still was no books, so I replaced him," the minister said.

In May, the North Gauteng High Court ruled the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution. The application was brought by rights organisation Section 27.

Judge Jody Kollapen ordered the department to devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of the delay, and to supply the affected schools with textbooks by June 15.

DA's offer of help declined

The department failed to meet the court's deadline, but Motshekga said her department had met with Section 27 and agreed to move the deadline to June 27.

The minister said the department had accepted an offer from a company called UTI to help them deliver the textbooks. The company provided them with resources including trolleys, horses and trailers. A recovery plan had also been put in place so children could recover lost time.

"It is a comprehensive catch-up plan," she said.

This included a winter programme for Grade 12 pupils and Saturday classes. Other grades would have their own plan, depending on what textbooks they did not get.

The minister maintained that not all learning was lost as some topics in the new curriculum were also in the old curriculum.

The national department took over the running of Limpopo's education department in December following maladministration.

The Democratic Alliance on Thursday offered a fleet of vehicles to the minister to help deliver the textbooks, but the offer was declined.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-22 18:36

    The incompetent fools never take responsibility. They just play the blame game.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-22 18:46

      of course it wasn't this diligent ministers fault, the useless taxi drivers that won the tender forgot to collect the books from the pub(lishers). She has resolved this so called crisis in a mere 6 & half months give her credit for a job well done.

  • joeballito - 2012-06-22 18:36

    What a circus,I can only shake my head in absolute disdain/frustration. Can the anc not get anything right?And this arrogant woman says it did nothing wrong? Tears in mine eyes.......Are they so thick skinned they dont realise when something is so totally wrong?

      don.odendaal - 2012-06-22 19:45

      Please stop calling it a circus because in a circus everyone knows their job and does it professionally and a circus works very well (yes) right down to the clowns

      johana.salivan - 2012-06-22 21:10

      Actually they are doing it right. She had to keep pupils uneducated, so they can keep voting ANC when they can vote. She is on top of her duty. I am not seeing reason why she should resign, she is doing her job right.

      toofaan.monsoon - 2012-06-22 21:30

      Not thick skinned. Just plain thick !!

      mihaip007 - 2012-06-22 22:01

      @don - you are right: it is a NUTHOUSE! but still am unsure because I am certain even that is a better option than this lol...

      Clive - 2012-06-22 22:11

      Did you ever see anything so insincere as her pre-prepared "sincere" apology to the "learners"?

  • smili.fication - 2012-06-22 18:37

    Quite minister - the DA offered to help the pupils of SA! They offered to do your job but you refused? Why? Because you are to proud? And who is impacted the most? THE CHILDREN! another ANC mess... as I said before... You deserve what you vote for.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-06-22 18:40

      No, it is because the ANC want to keep the people dumb, then they will always vote ANC

  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-06-22 18:39

    Somebody screwup, this is a big screup, will he or she be fired

  • latoya.xavi1 - 2012-06-22 18:47

    Typical! She's not actually saying anything! O bua mosi fela

  • sizwe.schoeman - 2012-06-22 18:52

    She will not lose sleep over this, her kids gets the best education possible.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-22 18:58

    They're all responsible - from bottom to top. It doesn't take 6 months to notice that learners have no books. 6 days I'd buy, 6 weeks, maybe. 6 months is just total disinterest. These are people's lives & futures they're messing with. This preoccupation with bureaucracy instead of delivery is the undoing of the entire country. The only "2nd wave" that will work now is bye bye.

  • Ken - 2012-06-22 18:58

    The only thing the ANC could ever deliver on time would be cases of expensive whiskey and KFC.

  • braamc - 2012-06-22 18:59

    Plainly f(*cken useless, off course you won't take responsibility for nothing, no wonder education is in such a mess.

  • nduduzo2 - 2012-06-22 19:00

    I hope the international community doesn't see this. As a citizen I'm embarassed...our education system needs to be rescued. Post 2007 when things changed-we are sinking further. Luckily I did my matric in 2007

      nduduzo2 - 2012-06-22 20:05

      Or scrap the pass rate all together...

      Robin - 2012-06-23 07:21

      We as citizens of this country must demand that heads must roll for this stuff up! Tell us minister Angie, where does your kids go to school?

  • lephans.lufuno - 2012-06-22 19:02

    Swallow your pride Angie and accept the Da offer, and admit dat you've violate pupil's rights to education.

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-06-22 19:04

    An absolute disgrace! This incompetent fat-cat must get her marching papers. Useless waste of oxygen.

  • phadima.matlakala - 2012-06-22 19:05

    it's very funny how the south african government officials operate, because when things are running smooth they are very quick to take the credit even when is not due. but when things go wrong they just don't wanna carry the blame. miss minister you messed up and is our kids in that situation not yours so i will suggest that you shape up or ship out. mybe someone would be decent enough to accept the blame.

  • fred.warren.986 - 2012-06-22 19:05

    Hahaha, this is an African country run by Africans. Did you actually expect the minister to do anything? Incompetence, fraud and corruption are the hallmark of most African governments and South Africa is no different. There is no accountability at local, provincial or national government. Its always someone else's fault.

  • Siyabonga Mkhwanazi - 2012-06-22 19:05

    Dear Angie, your house is a mess, clean it up.

      Robin - 2012-06-23 07:22

      Dear Angie, your resignation will be in order.

  • jimzimbo - 2012-06-22 19:10

    Leave "your" children motherless???? what CR*P is this drivel you stupid incompotent ANC idiot.....

      Irene - 2012-06-22 22:46

      It's almost as bad as the new police chief who said "you don't have to be a drunkard to own a bottle store". Their analogies are almost as frightening as their incompetence.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-22 19:15

    "he was instructed in February to order books" if those books were for the current year, the instruction came about a year too late. Whomever gave the instruction should be fired. How do you order thousands of books in February for the current year? Also, why is there a cash flow problem? Who spent the money that was allocated for schoolbooks? Fire them as well.

  • felix.calitz - 2012-06-22 19:22

    Another "..." public servant unable to understand the concept of accountability and taking responsibility; please resign for the sake of the children – you are no mother to them.

      chris.holloway.5 - 2012-06-22 19:32

      Just wonder who is competent to take over....?? Can't think of anyone in the ANC...

      Robin - 2012-06-23 07:24

      They will probably put out a tender for a new minister of basic education..

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-24 13:24

      Chris Holloway. Zuma's aunt?. - 2012-06-26 11:38

      Jacqui, which Aunt, doesn't he have hundreds??!

  • chris.holloway.5 - 2012-06-22 19:30

    An ANC member accepting blame????? Not in this life!!! They are perfect beings, managers, ministers, whatever....just perfect. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-22 19:32

    Actually the buck does stop with you, you mother

      TheAppsMan - 2012-06-22 20:11

      Absolutely - perhaps other ministers would also like to remember this!

  • tom.vorster - 2012-06-22 19:35

    "...and leave my children motherless." How many mothers need a court order to tell them that ?

  • arnold.niemand - 2012-06-22 19:36

    Her ilk would not last a week in the private sector before getting their arses kicked

  • wanga.murei - 2012-06-22 19:41

    so somehow madam minister didn't know the curriculum earlier and had to wait for February to have the books ordered to begin with...

      Irene - 2012-06-22 22:47

      Even more frightening is how much time they give the publishers to produce these books.

  • SM1012 - 2012-06-22 19:42

    You failed our children future...Motshekga she has NO ethical and assertiveness...pity for other kids education. The reason the Government Officials are so lame and's because simple answer...THEIR OWN CHILDREN ARE AT THE PRIVATE MODEL C SCHOOL...Not the township/rural schools...finish and klaar. I know of one school in Bfn, Legae rich culture of teaching is dead...the teachers are not serious NOR motivated...whereas their kids attend private elite school. I've done the same little Girl hulle by die dorp ook.

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-06-22 19:44

    Lekka man lekker.... Arrogance and a bunch of idiots. They care about themselves, her children is probably in a private school. The wheel is turning!!

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-22 19:45

    You are an utter disgrace to your country, to your profession and to your government. You don't deserve your salary, your fancy car or your position. Another useless ANC appointment, you should be charged with treason and I sincerely hope you are taken to court and sued by the parents of these children, you deserve nothing less.

  • Carlos - 2012-06-22 19:47

    What is she being paid for if her Department does not deliver on basic deliverables? Do we need a Minister of Basic Education if she is not Educated to delivering on Basics requirements of Education?

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-22 19:47


  • tshandazenzile - 2012-06-22 19:51

    Dang! Mr president act now.........please don't fail those pupils. Education is the only key to unlock the future of those pupils. ACT NOW!!!!!

      Robin - 2012-06-23 07:26

      They will only if there was money to be made or a tender opportunity.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-23 10:08

      What president? We don't have one of those things!

  • Henk - 2012-06-22 19:55

    So who did you fire? Come on who? Nobody....spineless beach!

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-06-22 20:00

    Where is her boss? In Mexico? He should hold her accountable as she refuses to do the honourable thing. She disgusts me by referring to herself as the 'mother', she has no idea of the meaning of the word.

  • bloubul77 - 2012-06-22 20:03

    typical arrogant bastards, more worried about their own agenda than the future of our youth!

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-06-22 20:05

    \Leave my children motherless\? Better to be motherless than attending under trees with no text book.

  • Hermann - 2012-06-22 20:06

    Her knowledge of English is as putrid as het knowledge of public office - she is accountable and that word does not exist in her vocabulary which consists of only one word "MONEY".

  • Vadyamina Jazz Maruvha - 2012-06-22 20:14

    its time our president take a strong action against education minister

      Henk - 2012-06-22 20:19

      Jip, your president! I luckily never voted for the incompetence we see now.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-24 13:26

      Vadyamina, your president put her in office.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-22 20:21

    Cinderella's evil step mother?

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-22 20:23

    Cinderella's evil stepmother?

  • lmachete1 - 2012-06-22 20:37

    Limpopo child is at risk.

  • lmachete1 - 2012-06-22 20:37

    Limpopo child is at risk.

  • Fanie - 2012-06-22 20:40

    Want to bet she doesn't know what a horse and trailer is?

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-23 12:17

      @Fanie, please do not ask such difficult questions? Now she must go and ask a grade 1 pupil, then confirm in the dictionary, if she knows what is it before she can tell you what a horse and trailer is. To her it is her ass, with a size 1009 piece of cloth hanging over it!

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-22 20:42

    She is so full of it! The only person to take the blame is the minister its her responsibility who does she expect to take the blame the teachers

  • Honkie-Brown Horace van Sekg - 2012-06-22 20:44

    for what this previous apartheid gov fail us for years without complaining now Motshega is expected to do miracles in few months due to court order? ur right minister ur 100% Dnt quite this is just one of challenges U face in life. winners never quite

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-22 21:31

      Idiot!!! That government hasn't been around for 18yrs...18 YEARS!! If the ANC was doing their job instead of filling their pockets then this would never have happened.

      Clive - 2012-06-22 22:21

      Honkie, in 18 years of ANC government, education for many black children has gone one way - downhill - a FACT attested to by more than one black intellectual. The minister is a loser, but she won't "quite" (or even quit - as she would in a real democracy); she should be fired, but that won't happen either due to weakness at the very top.

      Irene - 2012-06-22 22:50

      Honkie-Brown ~ SHAME ON YOU for your ignorance.

      msaka.lekhosi - 2012-06-23 00:06

      Wake up from your slumber. This is a new dispensation. We can't jst dwell in the past. You are not a fool dude.

      JohannP - 2012-06-23 07:47

      Clearly you didn't receive your textbooks in time either!

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-23 12:21

      @DONKEY-BROWN,PLease explain then how come that all of sudden, after 1994, we suddenly had balck professors, doctors, laywers etc if the apartheid govament failled you in education? I assume they studied in Bobjaanmwe then? Perhaps you should have paid more attention to class and not being a drop out in grade 0?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-24 13:27

      Honkie, another troll has risen. - 2012-06-26 11:45

      Honkie-Brown, I wanted to correct you on your statement but there are too many mistakes (grammar, spelling and clear thinking-wise) so I'll just have a large chuckle at it instead. I'm sure the minister appreciates such educated support as yours!!! JohannP found your problem - late text books!!.....

  • Lindelwa - 2012-06-22 20:56

    How on earth does she reject an offer from the DA for vehicles to deliver text books!! Didn't she say opposition parties must assist by identifying where there are problems? This woman is a scum bag of the earth!! She doesn't have a soul, she doesn't have a conscience!! Where does her children go to school? Not to those disadvantaged schools!! rather they go the best private schools in South Africa. Playing with the future of young South Africans so that they can remain the uneducated voting fodder of the ANC!! Shame on you Angie on your devil ANC!!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-22 21:30

      It's like admitting defeat - she's too proud and /or hardegat to accept help.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-24 13:29

      Lindelwa, accepting help from the D.A. will show how incompetent she is. Therefore by rejecting their help she DID show how incompetent she is and the D.A had a major victory in the mind games department. Good for them.

  • phillip.crossley - 2012-06-22 20:58

    Typical. That is the new South African way...... deny-ability...... Do anything you want and just deny it ever happened... !

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-06-22 21:00

    Resigned you are very weak minister. .

  • willie.dique - 2012-06-22 21:01

    Hehehehe we need very serious people to run the country and very serious people to run the far a lot of fools. Come on wake up, all the stakeholders get some serious people to run the Education of the country. it will be a benefit for all South Africans.

  • kingpin.molema - 2012-06-22 21:03

    How did they miss her during reshuffling? She was quick to march to gallery for useless thing ya his master, now here is a mess.

      Irene - 2012-06-22 22:51

      She wore a different wig so nobody recognised her.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-24 13:30

      Kingpin, she's an old comrade. You don't sack those.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-22 21:08

    Halfway through the year and the children get textbooks. What did they teach them for 6 months? The ANC is useless.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-24 13:32

      Stewart sure thing the ANC is useless, yet all the parents of these pupils will dutifully vote ANC again and again. One wonders what it would take to wake them up.

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-06-22 21:15

    DENIancE...It has become a very real state of mind these days......deny and pass the buck......incompetent nincompoops

  • WessBergg - 2012-06-22 21:15

    Seriously? Ever hear the saying "The kids are our future?"