Motshekga didn't know of textbook trouble

2012-07-27 07:34

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga bemoaned a media report on Thursday that she knew about the looming Limpopo textbook saga last year.

"[The] sensational lead article misleadingly creates the impression that minister of basic education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, has the authority to procure on behalf of a provincial department of education," her spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe said in a statement.

She said even if Motshekga had been aware of the delivery problems, she did not have the authority to "effect procurement" due to the provisions in the SA Schools Act and the Public Finance Management Act.

The Star newspaper based its report on Thursday on a leaked report, compiled by the provincial education department, and handed to the presidential task team investigating the matter.

Mokgatlhe said the national basic education department was responsible for developing policy and the provinces had to implement it, and manage schools.

The head of the provincial department, who was also the accounting officer, was responsible for financial management, including procurement in the province.

"Even if the minister was aware of the challenges relating to the procurement of textbooks in the province, the minister could not procure on behalf of the province," said Mokgatlhe.

"It must also be emphasised that the minister only assumed the executive authority for the Limpopo department of education in December 2011, and not in July 2011."

According to The Star, Motshekga met Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola in Polokwane on 20 July last year.

Officials apparently told Motshekga that R372m would not be enough to buy textbooks and stationery.

The Limpopo government could not buy textbooks in September because it did not have enough money.

Motshekga reportedly would not comment on claims that she had been briefed on the state of affairs before the textbook saga worsened.

Mokgatlhe said funding for provincial departments was allocated to the province by the Treasury.

"By December 2011 it became clear to the national government that the Limpopo province was in serious financial difficulty, prompting Cabinet to place five provincial departments under administration," she said.

The provincial government however remained responsible for funding the departments during the intervention.

Claims that Motshekga was irresponsible was "fuelled by faceless" people with agendas, Mokgatlhe said.

  • Sandy - 2012-07-27 07:47

    "Who me???, what on earth do I have to do with texbooks...are they not for something to do with why would you think I have anything to do with that?"

      jack.russel.14268769 - 2012-07-27 08:10

      The education minister didn't know that her entire province didn't have text books! was 'no text books' not on the meeting agendas?? keep the people ignorant ANC, keep your children uneducated.

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-07-27 08:12

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't the Education Minister know what is happening, or not happening in her own department?????? It appears that she is just another waste of time, money and oxygen - typical cadre deployment. Not only does she keep her job, but she also gets a big pay increase as well. Is there any hope for this country?

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-27 08:24

      I firmly beleive that Angie still dont know of any text book problems. "sensational lead article misleadingly creates " THIS WHOLE BLOODY DISGRACE IS SENSATIONAL !!

      jack.milosevic - 2012-07-27 08:26

      @sandy: yeah that is a great pic, but you know how it goes: NO i am innocent, my second name is innocent i would neva do such a thing. Eish, please i can't even afford to go to the hairdresser.

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-07-27 08:29

      I wonder if she knows about the textbook problem now!!! Maybe someone should tell her.

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-07-27 08:34

      What does she knows anyway?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-07-27 08:38

      @ Fred. Couldn't agree more. She should have been aware of the problem and got stuck in hands and feet. But no, it is so easy to deny responsibility just like all the other cANCer idiots. Not even fit to run a shebeen!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bryan - 2012-07-27 08:57

      Eish, eish......Angaas!!! Bloody oxygen thieves, every last one of them!

      lownabester - 2012-07-27 08:58

      I hoped she remembered her salary every month??? Idiots will always be amongst us. And the biggest ones are in ruling party.

      Thapelo - 2012-07-27 09:05

      useless party full of excuses once incompetency is brought to the front.

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-07-27 09:07

      According to Angie, she did not know about text saga last year, but she does know about it now, exactely what has she done to correct the situation?...

      zambezi.river - 2012-07-27 10:01


  • ianon.ym - 2012-07-27 07:50

    What a disgrace to her own race!!!

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-07-27 08:30

      She doesnt care 2 hoots about her own race.

      jack.milosevic - 2012-07-27 08:31

      She's just continuing where Verwoerd left off, denying education to the masses. What more evidence do you need? but this is what the black people voted for, so really should we feel any empathy?

  • Blackpoison - 2012-07-27 07:50

    Pathetic....Do not accept your salary increase, you're not worthy of it!

  • ron.warwick.79 - 2012-07-27 07:59

    Either she though all was ok and was being lied to, then the culprits should be fired, if she really didn'y know what was going on she should be fired for not being on top of her job.

      Stirrer - 2012-07-27 09:20

      Wrong. If she was being lied to, she was not on top of her job. The useless biatch should be fired, period.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-27 08:03

    Pathetic bullsh*t! It's the 'captain's' duty to know all that's going on in his 'ship' (in this case, her department!) and to take full and complete responsibility for every function of that 'ship' - and that includes responsibility for each and every mishap. So, stupid woman, BE RESPONSIBLE for a change and start EARNING the inflated salary you're paid.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-27 08:05

    The buck stops with you Angie, especially after national Gov. took over in Limpopo. You know what to do (resign).

  • toddler.ras - 2012-07-27 08:08

    Then u stupid if you didn't know about the Textbooks trouble....What kind of a leader are you? Try something else!!!

  • Scippypowa - 2012-07-27 08:11

    lol Angie...

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-27 08:13

    I wonder what else she doesn't know. She is definitely not fit for her job O_o

  • robert.starke.98 - 2012-07-27 08:15

    No Excuse - the buck stops here !! She should have been managing here department, reports, compliance, protocols. No instead they sit on their asses and do sweet bugger all. Useless bunch !!

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-07-27 08:40

      They get what they vote for.

      johan.uys.75 - 2012-07-27 08:56

      We also get what we don't vote for.

  • Justin.D.Glenn - 2012-07-27 08:18

    Even now that she knows about the fiasco, all the schools still do not have text books. It is also emerging that some E Cape schools do not have text book. She must admit that she does not want the masses to be educated because then they will realise that this government actually do not care for them.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-07-27 08:24

    If education is a top priority in our country lets get rid of the minister she does'nt know her job.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-07-27 09:13

      Zipper Zoomer sits on TV going on about how important education is for this country. If he is so concerned, why isn't he doing something about it, like firing and charging all those that caused the debacle. The answer is that he needs her and all her cronies in his power-hungry quest for a second term.

  • marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2012-07-27 08:24

    Completely & utterly U.S.E.L.E.S.S. She & her ENTIRE department should be hanging their heads in SHAME.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-27 08:25

    he said even if Motshekga had been aware of the delivery problems, she did not have the authority to "effect procurement" due to the provisions in the SA Schools Act and the Public Finance Management Act... The last 4 words are probably the most revealing in that paragraph ... The public finance management act probably needs to make disbursements in favour of holidays, cellphones, parties, walls, etc, before the real issues are dealt with. Real issues like schoolbooks, desks, and even classrooms for the children of South Africa. But then, one does not need an education to be president - so why bother?

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-07-27 08:26

    Pasing the buck and blaming others is always the song being sung when things go wrong. The question must be posed - Who is responsible for basic education in this country? Noboby is as blind and deaf as those who do wish to see or hear.

  • leonard.olley.7 - 2012-07-27 08:29

    What I would like to know is do the schools get new text books every year? When I went to school we were issued text books that had a rubber stamp imprint on the inside cover and you could see who had the books in the previous years. Our names were then entered on thie next space and at the end of the year the text books were handed back to the school. If we lost or damaged the book our parents had to pay to replace the book. But then there would not be a gravy train...

      helen.lange.58 - 2012-07-27 08:45

      @Leonard - there was a new curriculum implemented for Grade 1,2,3 and 10. The crisis exists in these grades as the teachers are not able to use textbooks that follow the old curriculum. For all the other grades the schools only ordered replacements for damaged or lost books.

  • Rodney - 2012-07-27 08:31

    Why not ///

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-07-27 08:31


      Stirrer - 2012-07-27 09:22

      Fugly biatch liar.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-07-27 08:31


      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-27 10:20

      Beautiful ??????????????????????????????????????

  • mahlangu.bobo - 2012-07-27 08:40

    How low can she go really? Is she ignorant or defensive or just irresponsible? ZUMA, THIS MINISTER NEEDS TO GO!!

      jack.milosevic - 2012-07-27 08:46

      Just to be replaced by another rat.

      lovemore.masikane - 2012-07-27 09:33

      She is ignorant thats her responsibility what is paid 4 she must go

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-07-27 08:46

    How is it possible that you did not know Angie.The minister of education should know every thing about the children's education.You know nothing about your job.Get off your chair and go and work in someone's garden,

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-27 08:53

    Poor's not her fault ! She's never even seen a text book & look how far she's come!!

  • Danie Victor - 2012-07-27 08:59

    Ish,, i didnt know, jus gimme my salary ish

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-27 09:00

    So the minister draws a huge salary every month, 12 months a year for sitting and doing nothing. "Developing policy" give me a break please

  • gert.nell - 2012-07-27 09:01

    You the minister in charge, you knew very well. NOW RESIGN. FALL ON YOUR SWORD.

      geraldsebanda - 2012-07-27 09:11

      or fall on the JZ spear and keep her job

      Stirrer - 2012-07-27 09:22

      Gerald, was that maybe why she got the job in the first place?

      geraldsebanda - 2012-07-27 10:29

      these situations are all very tangled masses of dodgy coincidences. Did Angie give the tender to Edusolutions? does JZ have interests in Edusolutions? Was the Edusolutions tender overinflated by close to 20mill? is the government discrediting the investigating authorities so this will never come to trial?

  • psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-07-27 09:02

    Dear so-called "Minister" Motshekga, Stop with the whining and silly excuses. You FAILED to act. You were informed in July 2011 about the shortfall in textbook procurement funds in Limpopo. Logic dictates that a RESPONSIBLE Minister would have put 2 and 2 together and figured, "Hey! They don't have money for textbooks which are meant to be ordered by September! Let me get Cabinet to look into getting National to intervene NOW, so that they can order texbooks by SEPTEMBER!" Let me spell out your failure to you: You failed to assume executive authority IN TIME. You're an idiot! Vacate your post and stop spreading your idiocy across the already dysfunctional department.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-27 09:02

    I always view people with scepticism if they refuse to comment on an issue. Angie will not comment on whether she was informed of the situation. An innocent person will deny. A guilty person will neither admit nor deny.

  • sanele.s.sibiya - 2012-07-27 09:21

    As the minister, i would expect that she SHOULD know. shes the boss of everything that concerns education

  • dekkeranton - 2012-07-27 09:23

    “Well dear Angie you don’t get it! If you knew and did nothing about it, it is negligence, fraud and corruption and you should resign immediately! If you didn’t know, it is simply a sign of complete incompetence, a lack of managerial ability and ministerial control in your department, and you should resign immediately! Which one do you prefer? You explain that to the children that will have to repeat this school year, if they can, and the others that most probably will never be able to get proper employment due to a lack of education! You explain it to the entire generation that you personally condemned to a life of poverty without hope! No amount of spin, or even your blatant lies and gross misrepresentation of the true facts,will set this right again. We all know the only reason why you are sitting so comfortably and seemingly untouchable in your ministerial post is your position as leader of the ANC Woman’s League. Zuma is too scared to lose your powerful voting bloc in Mangaung, so he is gutless as president to do anything to you. So, while the children are suffering, you and your friends are playing politics. You are the weakest link, GOODBYE!”

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-27 09:27


  • DJPotifar - 2012-07-27 09:31

    This excuse is getting really old.

  • mart.botha - 2012-07-27 09:34

    (tongue-in-cheek) I want to know why the ANC has been trying so hard, over the last 15 years, to prove that apartheid with a few tweaks, may have been the better choice for ALL the people of this country !

  • derrico.heus - 2012-07-27 10:04

    She had no idea! A white person was resposible and another white person hid the truth from her. Then a white person dumped books. Then the white press hounded her. Bad bad whites! Its just so unfair. Let the minister go back to the job she's qualified for. Carrying water on her head.

  • bzondikoata - 2012-07-27 10:24

    this is what they do best Talk and DO nothing yet they can't even give us the opportunity to what needs to be done!!!

  • bzondikoata - 2012-07-27 10:29

    Angie Motshekga is waisting her self and Innocent kids suffer... she talk as if she will physicaly take the books to schools yet she's going to task ppl to do it and she doen't even tell them. she has to take full responsibility or GET OFF OR RESUME FROM HER WORK the one she's not doing... I wonder who does she expect to do it ...she's pissing me off but hey our kid will get educated That I'will fight personal

  • godesha - 2012-07-27 10:37

    While the government officials are fighting, denying, accussing, blaming, investigating, arresting, hiring, firing and writing reports about the books and who did what and who did not do what, the kids still have no books. This is turning into yet another ANC circus, this time with Angie as the lead-clown.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-27 10:41

    Disgrace for South Africa when we have basic education minister who never received any education at all.

  • bzondikoata - 2012-07-27 10:45

    just posted this comment on Angie Motshekga is waisting her self and Innocent kids suffer... she talk as if she will physicaly take the books to schools yet she's going to task ppl to do it and she doen't even tell them. she has to take full responsibility or GET OFF OR RESUME FROM HER WORK the one she's not doing... I wonder who does she expect to do it ...she's pissing me off but hey our kid will get educated That I'will fight personal

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-27 10:46

    Madam minister behaves like a small-time thief being caught on shoplifting a chicken. She carries on denying and when shown the record from security camera how she picks up that chicken and hides it under the dress she still insists: Its not me iCamera is lying!

  • Swayseeker - 2012-07-27 11:02

    Over the news I heard that alternative material may be used in one case of no textbooks. As I taught maths and science some years ago I know that one does not need to have the specific textbook prescribed as long as a detailed knowledge of the syllabus is there (the Transvaal Education Department used to send details of the syllabus to schools in the old Transvaal Days). Pupils wanting to find books (perhaps someone will even tell us where books have been dumped) can join or post to my free group One can go directly to the group using the link given, or search for Yahoo Groups and then, when it says "Find a Yahoo! Group," type in "findabook" Hopefully this will help schools get some sort of textbook. The teacher only needs one book and can write the material on the board. Regards

  • edna.errenrich - 2012-07-27 11:52

    bet she knows she is getting an increase for her pathetic efforts

  • pierre.dupreez.58 - 2012-07-27 12:15

    Hi there Mrs Motshekga, here I am, no agendas and you can see my face. You suffer from delussions of grandeur for giving yourself 8/10 for your performance and denialism for not taking responsibility on this text book matter. But furthermore and much more seriously, I think you have learnt your trade from Dr Manto, because as she condemmed millions to an early and unnecessary death, you are condemming millions to a life of suffering by not providing them with the basic structure for a good education. Infact you and your party leadership have destoyed the notion of education in the country by aspiring to less than mediocre standards and by trying to dumb everybody down to the lowest level possible, instead of pulling everybody up to a standard of excellence with which they can build this country! In 10 year's time, we will have more unemployable people living in poverty and it will be like Somalia in RSA. And you and your current party leadership will be blamed instead of Verwoerd! You are failing the people of this country, go away please.

  • carl.lotter.3 - 2012-07-27 12:20

    Follow the cash

  • sipho.shabalala.796 - 2012-07-29 20:58

    Please let Thuli Madonsela to investigate this idiotic mess.

  • sipho.shabalala.796 - 2012-07-29 21:01

    Idiotic mess, the people of Limpopo boast about Cassel Mathale being a Billionaire. How did he make those billions?

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-30 10:41

    Who should know better about a problem with education than the Minister of Education, for heavens sake? What a lousy excuse

  • hugo.lategan - 2012-07-30 15:45

    Angie really doesn't know. The news has not reached her yet!

  • martin.feinstein - 2012-07-30 15:58

    Too little too late. No early warning system. The province blows a few billion over budget, and no-one realises until it's too late. And guess what -- the premier (it the boss of the province) is still in his job !!! La-la land. Cry the beloved country -- again.

  • Rebecca - 2012-07-30 16:13

    this woman is an idiot and should be fired, she's gets a fat enough salary to take repsonsibilty for her deptartment, the "it's not my fault " attitude of the cANCer goverment is a disgrace

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