Motshekga: Arrest textbook culprits

2012-07-02 16:07

Johannesburg - Service providers who allegedly dumped textbooks meant for Limpopo pupils need to be arrested, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday.

"We feel this is now an act of sabotage, and we call upon the police to arrest these culprits without further delay," she said in a statement.

Motshekga said a team was sent to the province to investigate the service providers, and to lay charges against them where appropriate.

These books were not part of the court order to deliver textbooks to schools in the province by 27 June, she said.

Last week, service providers failed to deliver textbooks after the department had promised to rectify the situation.

Pupils in several Limpopo schools had been without textbooks for the past six months because the department failed to order them on time.

Civil rights organisation Section 27, which won a court order forcing the department to deliver the textbooks, said on Saturday it was concerned at reports of shortages, even after books were supposed to have been delivered.

Motshekga said some of the service providers were "clearly hell-bent on embarrassing the ministry".

According to media reports on Sunday, Motshekga could face the axe over the bungled textbook delivery.

Earlier on Monday, the Democratic Alliance marched on the offices of the Limpopo basic education department in protest against the late delivery of textbooks.

The party demanded that textbooks for 2013 be delivered to schools no later than 30 November 2012.

A database of approved textbook suppliers, with an automated quote-sourcing system, needed to be created to prevent corruption.

"These demands are not unreasonable. In fact, the DA successfully does every single one of these things where we govern," DA Limpopo education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said.

"We challenge the ANC-governed Limpopo to provide the same level of service to learners and schools."

African National Congress parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said the DA's march was "opportunistic and unhelpful".

"It is regrettable that, while various stakeholders have joined hands in an effort to urgently normalise that province's education situation, the main opposition sees the situation as a great opportunity to score few political points."

He said the DA was reportedly closing down 27 "under- performing" schools in the Western Cape to "doctor" the province's matric pass rate.

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) said on Monday that Motshekga had also not addressed the lack of textbooks in the Eastern Cape.

"We support the approach of a positive engagement with civil society to resolve the failure to deliver the textbooks in Limpopo and all needed educational materials," LRC Grahamstown director Sarah Sephton said in a statement.

"We therefore fail to understand the... continued lack of responsiveness to us with regard to critical shortages of workbooks in the Eastern Cape," she said.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-02 16:14

    Motshega is very thick!!!!

      Christelle - 2012-07-02 16:34

      How long is it going to take them to stop riding the the "close 27 schools" horse. Maybe if the ANC agreed to make education an essential service, these schools might not have been under discussion to be closed down. And to say the DA wants to doctor matric results is simply put, naive. These schools have children who struggle with English as the taught language, they have under-performing teachers and there are other factors being taken into account too. Aggggg!!!!

      Vince - 2012-07-02 16:43

      Arrest Motshega for neglecting the children of Limpopo!! How dare she after the court had to force her to do her job!

      Nicholas - 2012-07-02 17:09

      Act of sabotage? I doubt it, thats a cop out. It sounds more like friends of cadres being awarded the tender to distribute the books. Once they got their money, they just dumped them because it was then just too much damn hard work to see the job through. - 2012-07-02 17:23

      They should arrest her, but instead they are now blaming service providers for her incompetence. It's difficult to concentrate on your job, when you have all the tax l payers money to spend. Seems they just thinking about spending the big salary and not doing the job. That's what happens if you put people in positions they didn't earn. Other people who have worked their whole life to earn respect and experience in their industry are being left out, because the super clever black government with their black empowerment nonsense, are choosing their relatives and the tea girl to sit in high power executive positions. Anybody for some peanuts maybe?

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-02 17:52

      arrest Motshega, for gross negligence, & derelict of duty.

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-02 18:01

      I think he took all the text books home and used it for toilet paper.

      carpejugulim - 2012-07-02 18:13

      So ... when the DA marches in protest about non performance, after the ministry has been ordered by the court to comply with the ministry's mandate to supply textbooks to schools because the ministry is running 6 months late, it is deemed to be "opportunistic and unhelpful" ... what is it called when the anc marches in protest? The allegation of "DA was reportedly closing down 27 "under- performing" schools in the Western Cape to "doctor" the province's matric pass rate" is laughable considering the current standard of education and the current minimum pass mark in all grades. Raise the bar, raise the standard of education, raise the minimum pass marks ... STOP passing the buck and blaming others for your total abrogation of responsibility and accountability.

      Sharon - 2012-07-02 19:05

      fire motshega - she is useless, an oxygen thief suffering from delusions of grandure

      emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-07-02 19:32

      lmao wow, the opposing party holds a peaceful protest regarding service delivery and you call that opportunistic. these people are seriously awesome at their job. that job, of course, being the continuous witholding of education from sa citizens in order to keep them ignorant and angry.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-02 20:00

      Motshega....excuses...excuses....we don't care if you lied...what we do care about, is you missed up big time...NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY....YOU HAD SIX MONTHS TO FOLLOW UP AND CHECK TO SEE IF THE ORDER WAS PROGRESSING IN THE RIGHT MANNER....BUT NO....YOU MUST GO...GO.....GO

      alf.pop - 2012-07-02 21:01

      If anybody needs to be arrested it is Auntie Angie! The textbooks were supposed to be at the schools at the beginning of this year? It takes old thickie six months to come up with her sabotage theory! You screwed up, Angie! Now hand yourself over to SAPS!

      margaret.brand.12 - 2012-07-03 01:52

      Motshega needs to be arrested for depriving school going children of a decent education with the books they need for that pupose

      mihaip007 - 2012-07-03 04:58

      What is this about the DA? that they are opportunistic? That they should rather engage constructively? WOW - was it not THEM that offered to deliver the books and the anc REFUSED? Is it not THEM that are offering a constructive approach regarding automated system to allow for purchasing of books in time? And the doctoring of the matric results has already been done BY THE ANC when they dropped the pass rates to make them look better! These anc idiots need to rather STUDY what they are saying! And if anyone should be arrested is HER and the whole bunch of THEM!

  • Gordon20 - 2012-07-02 16:14

    Passing the Buck.........

      Revelgen - 2012-07-02 16:21

      For 6 months, Angie Motshekga, books have not been delivered. You are the one in charge. The buck stops with you. Stop trying to pass it and blame someone else. I know it's the ANC way to deny and blame someone else, but you and your fellow ministers are now being found out, one by one. It's time for decent governance.

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-07-03 20:41

      Passing the Book.....

  • E=MC2 - 2012-07-02 16:14

    "African National Congress parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said the DA's march was "opportunistic and unhelpful"." In other words, if its not the ANC or cosatu marching, it doesnt mean anything... p1ss off back to your hut!!

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-02 17:12

      Please do NOT spell anc in upper case letters! They do not deserve them. The "politically correct" spelling is "anc". PS: Vote DA.

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-02 17:31

      @E=MC2 He's never come down from the trees, building a hut would be beyond him, just like delivering textbooks is beyond the anc.

  • smili.fication - 2012-07-02 16:15

    Motshekga said some of the service providers were "clearly hell-bent on embarrassing the ministry". You are an embarrassment ANgie.... Stop shifting the blame. You should be arrested. AND those "suppliers" are all chosen by your department. Corrupt tenders are not working out for you ANC condom comrades!

      smili.fication - 2012-07-02 16:17

      Moloto Mothapo Obviously the ANC does not understand education... they have done everything to sabotage our youth. You dont have a leg to stand on when critizing well thought out DA plans. SHAME ON YOU ANC CONDOM COMRADES!

  • Henri - 2012-07-02 16:15

    if they must be arrested, then you should be arrested for not following thru your job, you are a minister who have an outh to serve your country, you should be hand yourself in at the nearest police station.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-07-02 16:37

      @ Zoolie You have a point there. If it is sabotage then the minister is surely just as guilty? She and the whole ANC cabinet. They always like to take collective responsibility. This is an ideal opportunity to prove their solidarity with each other.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-02 16:20

    Motshekga said some of the service providers were "clearly hell-bent on embarrassing the ministry". You seem to be doing a great job of that all on your own!

  • Carpenter - 2012-07-02 16:21

    like a magician, slight of hand while we look the other way, its actually an insult to our intelligence...! "embarrassing the ministry", evidently you don't need any assistance there and if you did your work as expected there would be no opportunity to be embarrassed

  • flysouth - 2012-07-02 16:23

    I quite like Angie M. - she is trying to do her job as best she can, although I do not think she is superbly competent - probably mediocre at best in the competency stakes. However she recently tried to get punitive action going against some E.Cape education officials and I am reliably informed that she was over-ruled by Zuma. In a proper government Ministers have total authority over their Departments and must take whatever action they deem necessary, not subject to second-guessing from the Chief. So her heart is in the right place and she understands the importance of discipline and retribution for wrong-doing and again wishes to apply that - all however useless when the higher ups act and hand down decrees as if they were the tribal chief!

      Dee - 2012-07-02 16:37

      Yes - I agree. And very interesting to read H.Zilles newsletter giving her credit on both the co-operation in W.Cape Education, and cudos on knowing what needs to be done. She is being singled out for vilification, but the 'gangrene' surely extends from above and below.

      smili.fication - 2012-07-02 16:42

      Dee you cracker... I see you are back! A hearty welcome to the top member of the ANtI-SMILE club!

      smili.fication - 2012-07-02 17:09

      Oh and dee... FYI: If you read that nasty comment that I left for you about you being dry... I apologize. And I hereby solemnly swear not to troll your post any longer. You can disagree and criticize me as much as you want... At least I know you will do it politely.

      Clive - 2012-07-03 15:15

      You are right about the E Cape situation, flysouth. She tried (perhaps not very hard), but was over-ruled by Zuma, who was grovelling before the unions, whose help he needs to get re-elected later this year. So b*gger the kids and their education - and the country's future - only Zuma matters to Zuma.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-09 16:05

      You know, doing your best is simply not good enough when you are earning the big salary with the perks and have to have legal action taken against you to persuade you that children need books for schooling as do teachers.Teachers are dismissed because they go on strike. Why? Well the govt expects them to work for nothing you see. Ultimately when you find you are not able to cope with the task allotted to you, you go to the CEO and tell him you need more training and assistance or you resign. But hey, who is going to leave the party before they've finished and broken everything. Way too much pride comes before a fall.

  • colin.langley - 2012-07-02 16:23

    The DA never even got a thank you from these vile human beings!. ..the temerity to involve politics is childish Mr Moloto Mothapo. You should be sacked too for allowing this to happen in the first place! Why is it that the only time you fix something is when the DA exposes it to the public? No wonder these bunch of criminals want to introduce publications act

  • jan.human - 2012-07-02 16:33

    Post the handbooks on facebook.... The everybody will have it....... no problem......

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-07-02 16:34

    It is fraud/theft/malicious damage to property at a minimum. But also dispense with those state/provincial officials who were complicit. Aiding/complicity/abetting, that sort of thing. If they were negligent let the lawyers look for some law that may make them guilty of a criminal offence. But at least do something worthwhile and FIRE them. Or will we now again see how effective the Cosatu Unions can be? The ANC dug its own grave and now the minister is powerless to act internally against the wrongdoers in the department. So what next? Call in the police in the hope that they will take the burden of Cosatu off her and her internal disciplinary measures. Sabotage is a bit too extreme and harsh to describe the crimes. They were committed out of personal greed and plain laziness. But if it sticks, who will complain? But let's just be cautious that sabotage is not elevated to a catch-all fix-all criminal offence that can be used against all and sundry if it is reckoned that their activities harmed the state or the so-called "revolution". Pity the same call is not made with respect to all the other irregularities and maladministration going on everywhere in the country.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-02 17:01

      I do believe a law already exists. School books are government property. It is a criminal offence to damage government property. (although the ANC get away with this crime all the time!)

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-02 17:41

      Remember the bolt in the machinery in Koeberg nuclear power station was also "sabotage" a few years back. She laziness, corruption and incompetence are the real reasons, not "sabotage".

  • Tommy - 2012-07-02 16:35

    If I don't do my work properly, my company is held responsible, not me as an individual. Same goes for you Motshekga - you should have ensured that your Department sorted this mess out in February already. Your department should have put pressure on these service providers then already - not come now in July and blame them for not doing their work. Accountability, accept it.

  • una.west.9 - 2012-07-02 16:37

    I truly believe that the book crises in Limpopo and Eastern Cape is definitely another "legacy of Apartheid". It is the scapegoat for all the other failures.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-09 16:15

      Since we haven't actually rid SA of apartheid given that we can't hire and fire people for legit reasons it isn't a legacy it is actually a continuation of same by the majority instead of the minority. The minority at least understood what had to be done and generally delivered only to have the books and schools and anything else burnt or torched. Nationalism is alive and wellas is apartheid since the apartheid bosses went over to the ANC rather than lose their perks and salaries.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-02 16:38

    Gross incompetence and criminality. The ANC in a nutshell

  • sarel.koen - 2012-07-02 16:41

    Perhaps you will be the first one to be arrested, Angie Motshekga!!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-02 16:51

    He said the DA was reportedly closing down 27 "under- performing" schools in the Western Cape to "doctor" the province's matric pass rate. Oh and Soweto plan on closing 18 but that's ok? How much longer will people still vote for this useless, two-faced, hypocritical government??

  • kwbateman - 2012-07-02 16:53

    Mr Mothapo, you have a very selective memory - what happened to the (17?) undeperforming schools in Soweto - were they not also closed down by the ANC run province?

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-07-02 16:54

    Starting with you minitser!!!!

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-02 16:57

    you must be arrested for not following up, its your job wanker. you, the service providers should all see jail time, just 2 years, in sun city. sabotage hahahaha satan, apartheid, are not good enough excuses

  • steven.macheke - 2012-07-02 16:57

    why is the education department talking about sabotage? what sabotage, they messed up an now refusing to accept the responsibility. their children r in the so called model c school an forget abt de poor under prevelaged school children. the minister is a fool to think she is not responsible for the failure of her department. she must be demoted to a ward Councillor

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-03 07:41

      No to tea girl---but then all will go thirsty--the tea will be late you know.

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-03 07:44

      Someone on the blogs said that she once worked for Mbeki and he fired her--bring back Mbeki to do it again because zumi seems to like her a lot.

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-03 07:52

      Maybe she must be promoted to zumies office doing his tea, only then will he see this girl is late with everything when he doesn't get his tea on time.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-02 17:09


      azande.futhi - 2012-07-02 17:43

      i figured much:)

  • boltonbarry - 2012-07-02 17:09

    They should be arrested so they and Angie can stand in the accused box of a court for robbing children of their education and money

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-02 17:12

    Please do NOT spell anc in upper case letters! They do not deserve them. The "politically correct" spelling is "anc". PS: Vote DA.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-07-02 17:15

    Listen Angie.You should be arrested.Your job is to see that the schools get their books on time.Don't always blame other people because you can't do your job.

      leah.p.lecheko - 2012-07-02 17:32

      Elkita, you took the words right out of my mouth. Angie should join her buddies as they get arrested. Education should be made priority I don't understand the current excuses that are being made. We have been failed and robbed of the opportunity to learn once again! I'm sorry but this is unacceptable! Is there a reason why the children's education is being sacrificed?! Enough is enogh! Our government is like a circus...

  • shudusO - 2012-07-02 17:18

    Who is the culprit here? isn't she part of it?

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-02 17:45

      she is the main culprit...Accused Number 1.

  • jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-02 17:28

    She's only concerned about this now because Zuma has called on her for answers to the textbook tragedy, otherwise she would still be schtum on the subject. Juat trying to protect her back.

      paulgerber969 - 2012-07-02 17:38

      She must be fired. Die deler is net so goed as die steler choice.

  • terence.pattison - 2012-07-02 17:37

    Smoke & Mirrors, Smoke & Mirrors! It makes no business sence whatsoever to "dump" assets (books). Unless of course you have been paid in advance as a tenderprenour which in any sane society would be considered fraudulent. The Minister obviously believes in the old maxim "if you can`t take it on the chin and be brave - get a big hat"!!!

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-02 17:41

    Angie is clearly shooting in the air hoping to hit a "sympathy bird". How the hell is non performance to a contract obligation a criminal offence? Minister must tell us in detail what happened, who did not do his job, how much has that "saga" cost taxpayers and what will be done.

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-02 17:45

    I have heard of indifferent misrule, maladministration and corruption but never have I heard of deliberate "sabotage". These ANC squabbles are taking on serious proportions now. To ugly Angie: I know that you were (partly) sabotaged, but the buck stops with you. You are as responsible as the saboteurs you want arrested. Arrest yourself. Why was a Court Order required, why did you oppose the case? Now resign.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-02 17:46

    Arrested development here.

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-02 17:48

    I wish one can ask one question to Angie...When was the first time you heard about the books not reaching their destination?...if she answers, her for incompetence....if she says long time ago, fire her for incompetence...either way fire her.

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-02 17:50

    I wish one can ask one question to Angie...When was the first time you heard about the books not reaching their destination?...if she answers, her for incompetence....if she says long time ago, fire her for incompetence...either way fire her.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-02 18:00

    Zuma is making a noise about text books .President is not aware of anything ? Then he is not fit to rule or lead a country step down Zuma

      Nicolaas - 2012-07-02 21:47

      @Keith, all zoomer are aware off is his small spear, his six wifes over size bloomers and how to steal more taxpayer money to finance his harem! For the rest of anything, he is not aware of anything!

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-02 18:05

    these folks are thinking all people in south africa are idiots like them.the anc should be dissolved and all be arrested by the ICC for mis managing the country.the should be kept under drone surveiliance

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-02 18:10

    Are they looking to put the blame of their own incompetence on someone else? They should have followed up on this issue to ensure that the books were delivered!!! 7 months into the year and they only follow up now? At the end of the year everyone will ask why the failure rate is so high and send another team of incompetent people to investigate the reasons why - which again will cost another bucket load of tax money!!

  • Xolani Gazu - 2012-07-02 18:14

    Passing the Buck. No wonder SA is slowly but surely going down. Our so called Leaders do not even know the requirements of their positions. Its sad. i fear foe the next generation.

  • David - 2012-07-02 18:20

    Turning yourself in, Angie?

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-02 18:25

    You should be the first one to be arrested Angie

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-07-02 18:45

    Fire yourself for not following up on the work you are meant to be doing you are a disgrace to us.

  • joseph.tettey.9 - 2012-07-02 18:46

    The future of our children now a political football.Where are all the flowers gone in Limpopo? The shame of all provinces.Close the hell of South Africa.

  • Shaun - 2012-07-02 19:01

    Motshekga said some of the service providers were "clearly hell-bent on embarrassing the ministry". Seriously Angie, why are they still "service" providers? And I'm pretty sure that your department has done a good enough job of bringing embarrassment upon itself without any external assistance. According to media reports on Sunday, Motshekga could face the axe over the bungled textbook delivery. Again, seriously??? An entire department manages to violate the constitution and they STILL have jobs???

  • buzzardfrey - 2012-07-02 19:04

    Who are these service providers - BEE graduates or DA saboteurs?

      colin.langley - 2012-07-02 19:39

      The answer is so obvious i don't even know why you even mentioned the DA.

  • gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-07-02 19:35

    The police should arrest Motshega first.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-07-02 20:11

    Arrest the service providers? Why? What were their tender and payment conditions? "if you fail to jump at the last moment when the minister says so then you will be arrested"? Silly woman

  • Nicolaas - 2012-07-02 20:48

    Why not let them arrest you for failing those kods your stupid cow! You are the one sabotaging their right to education by award corrupt tenders, now that it blown up in your uigly face with your nightmare of a hair style, you want your corrupt tenderers to be arrested in order to take the heat of you! I say, you should have been behind bars last Christmas already, vreting putu pap with no sugar, instead you still running free to flock around your oversize lazy stupid ass!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-02 21:39

    Chickens everywhere...but not a head in sight!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-02 21:44

    And...just a thought....maybe the text books are being classified as secret and everyone is in delay mode waiting for the act to be passed by the gov!

  • Ryno - 2012-07-03 07:17

    but then should the cops not just arrest her first then??

  • gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-03 07:30

    Who is this clown????

  • gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-03 07:38

    She will probably say now that all the books were delivered and if they weren't they were stolen or lost due to the schools not allowing them to be delivered---in the meantime her friends didn't spend all the money given to them to buy books and the money was well spent somewhere private. She is committing sabotage with her incompetency. It all boils down to one thing, if you are anc appointed you are of lesser quality and value because they have proven it to be so. We are doomed.