Police must probe education dept: DA

2012-08-07 18:35

Johannesburg - Limpopo police need to investigate the department of basic education after another load of textbooks were found dumped in the province, the DA said on Tuesday.

"It is the department itself which appoints these contractors who are now dumping textbooks," Democratic Alliance provincial education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said in a statement.

"It beggars belief how a person will wilfully dump textbooks meant for the learners in the province."

Police said more than 5 000 books were found dumped in Majeje, in the Phalaborwa region.

"The between 5 000 to 6 000 books range from Grade 0 to Grade 9 for various subjects," spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said.

"Police, along with the education department, will launch investigations in order to determine where the books came from and where they were supposed to go."

She said some of the books were still in their boxes. All the books had been taken to a police station for safekeeping. No criminal case had been opened.

Provincial education spokesperson Pat Kgomo said the department would meet the police later in the day to discuss the dumping.


"The department, and the MEC in particular, learned with shock about the dumping of books," he said.

"We are, however, confident that the police will solve the mystery."

Van der Walt said the incident was linked to other cases where books were dumped in Giyani, and shredded in Seshego.

"The DA has already laid criminal charges for both [of] these incidences," she said.

"The DA keenly awaits for the police to finalise their investigations into this matter... the culprits must be brought to book."

Some grades in Limpopo received textbooks seven months after the school year started, while others were still waiting. Earlier in the year, lobby group Section27 obtained a court order for textbooks to be delivered to Limpopo by June 15.

In a meeting between Section27 and the department on June 21, a revised date of June 27 was set.

President Jacob Zuma received a preliminary report from a presidential task team that investigated the late delivery on July 30.

He said he was studying the report and urged the task team to conclude its work.

Zuma would comment on the report once the matter had been concluded.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-07 19:11

    Blah blah blah = DA

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-07 19:17

      Nom nom nom = ANC

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-07 19:28

      LOL wesley, you probably think I'm an ANC supporter, but I'm not nor am I a DA voter. My point is, it is as clear as daylight that someone is behind these dumpings and I feel that it is not the Education Department. If the headline read \Police must probe Eduselutions relationship with Julius Malema: DA\, It would have made more sense. Do you honestly think that the ANC would make themselves look bad by dumping textbooks? C'mon, Malema said that he would fight from outside the ANC to make sure that Zuma don't win a second term. I suspect him. He is fighting his political battles at the expense of African children.

  • georg.potgieter - 2012-08-07 19:16

    This is why I fear for the future of my country: When people who don't have a foot to stand on tries to dance around a problem.

  • sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-08-07 19:18

    Can the police investigate the Limpompo text book sagga and the Western Cape poor service delivery. We are tired of the Western Cape service delivery protests!!! DA and Limpompo crew are failing our people

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-07 19:31


      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-07 19:34

      Yes you right, they must investigate the service delivery protest. We all know who's behind it. The ANCYL hates it when things are actually working (like in the Western Cape's case) and they are throwing a blind eye at the real problems ( like the Limpopo crises). And do you wanna know why? It is simply because their disgruntled leader Julius Malema is behind the textbook dumpings.

  • Phumlani Madlala - 2012-08-07 19:20

    his majesty king Zwelithini is our king,we ve not spoken about your Queens and kings,since when do u ve faith in the police you Devil alliance?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-07 19:31

      You should read textbooks not smoke them...

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-07 19:42

      @ Phumlani and Sean LOL, you two are idiots.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-07 19:33

    Limpopo police would not recognize a probe even it was stuck up there noses and attacked their remaining communal brain cell.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-07 20:50

      Look who's calling others \stupid\ LOL.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-07 19:55

    When you have gone to School, and you know and understand the Importance of having education in life, you will be angry and worried to see things like this, and you will feel like you want to do something or say something to change the situations, because you care and you also feel sorry for those who are suffering. But if you dont know nothing about education you will not feel a thing.Some of the people commenting here on news24 about dumping of this tex books, it is absolutely Appalling! Too much incompetency, God help Us.

  • fareeda.ahmed.180 - 2012-08-07 20:19

    whats all the ruckus about textbooks.?As a teacher i have managed the last 15 years without them as the dept didnt have any under OBE.The textbooks anyway are not of a high quality beside the pictures.The textbooks only made an appearance last year so how did these teachers teach before this

  • coselelo.matomela - 2012-08-07 20:32

    Watch out Power struggle is soon becoming a huge problem in S.A.!!!!!

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-08-07 21:23

    Enuf of dis investigations no one was charge from the ANC provincial and National Departmnt of education..Angie

  • kmaruma - 2012-08-08 09:34

    Arms Deal probe produced no results Curiously waiting for this one but still not expecting anything different

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