Textbook issue unacceptable - Motshekga

2012-06-21 08:02

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga expressed her shock on Wednesday after learning of the non-delivery of textbooks for Grade 10 pupils in Limpopo.

"The situation is completely unacceptable. I have demanded a full report about reasons for this delay so that appropriate steps can be taken," Motshekga said in a statement.

She apologised to Limpopo parents and pupils for the situation and made assurances that a recovery plan had been developed so pupils could make up for lost time.

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

In contempt of court

Motshekga's office was informed that textbook delivery had been completed, but discovered delivery had in fact not taken place.

The department appealed to school governing bodies and opposition parties who had information on outstanding deliveries to pass it on so the matter could be resolved immediately.

Opposition parties said earlier on Wednesday their investigations had revealed textbooks had not been delivered and that Motshekga was in contempt of court.

"The department is in contempt of the court order and both Minister Motshekga and MEC Dickson Masemola have some explaining to do," Congress of the People acting provincial chairperson Patrick Sikhutshi said.

"Minister Angie Motshekga is in contempt of court for missing the deadline for these books to be delivered," Democratic Alliance Limpopo spokesperson Langa Bodlani said in a statement.

"It is unthinkable that not even a court order can get the department to put textbooks in the hands of schoolchildren more than six months into the school year," said Bodlani.

Poor planning

Sikhutshi said it was common for the government not to respect court orders or decisions, and yet the same government wanted citizens to take it seriously.

"The department is not taking the education of our children very serious, particularly that of the poorest of the poor, who continue to be marginalised."

Bodlani said it was apparent the department did not have a proper plan in place for pupils either.

"Calls by the DA for the Limpopo education MEC to provide us with credible timetables and learning schedules for this plan have been met with silence," he said.

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-06-21 08:12

    one can only hope heads will roll, hey but it,s freeDOM

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-21 08:12

    A really shocking debarcle.

  • Robert - 2012-06-21 08:16

    Typical - ANC does not have a clue what is going on. All they want is the glory, and no work. As for Management skills, they NONE! What a shocking situation

      Erna - 2012-06-21 09:29

      They're getting very little glory lately.

      Alan - 2012-06-21 09:42

      So what"s new? Is this news? Sounds like another normal day to me

  • Wayne - 2012-06-21 08:17

    So even officials at a National level, who took over the administration of Limpopo Education in December, have failed to do their jobs. So who is going to get fired?

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-06-21 08:23

      Oh please!!!! No one ever gets fired, they get redeployed. It's the ANC way....

      chris.barkhuizen.9 - 2012-06-21 09:08

      Unfortunately nobody will get fired - it is ANC policy that no one person is ever responsible or can be held reponsible - the collective is reponsible. lekker way to do as you please with no consequences.

  • grant.hide - 2012-06-21 08:19

    Old news, non-delivery.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-06-21 08:20

    Limpopo??? Lol!!! Duh. But ey "geeeeeeev us land". Pathetic!pop

      Kala - 2012-06-21 09:34

      And if we gave them land, how could they be sure it belonged to them. They wouldn't be able to read the title deeds.

  • Kala - 2012-06-21 08:20

    More proof that the anc don't want their voters to be educated and more proof that the anc are just as criminal as the common thief. Contempt of Court is a criminal offence not to be taken lightly.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-06-21 08:20

    this is bloody disgusting and the minister and her staff should be fired. how can she only now after 6 months apologise for none delivery of books. it shows you she has no idea what goes on in her department. what is wrong in her getting in her car and visit the province, but she would rather sit in her office and look importent. surely their should be checks in place in the beginning of the year that their is enough books issues and delivery of books must be monitored by the education department including the minister or does she not care. if she does not receive her salary for 6 months will she be happy. it shows you once again this govt don't care about the youth of this country.

      Alan - 2012-06-21 09:45

      They should be getting 2013 books ready NOW. But no, it is still sit on your a%se and do f&*kall time of the year for the Dept of Education.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-21 08:25

    She should really be shocked at her own incompetence and ineptitude.

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-21 08:34

      Include Blade Nzimande in that.....full of his own self importance - like all the other non-performing ANC cadres - appointed because of political connections and not on ability and REAL delivery all these years down the line.

  • pws69 - 2012-06-21 08:26

    I don't see the problem here. The people of Limpopo got EXACTLY the government they voted for.

  • SARealist - 2012-06-21 08:29

    The ANC minister needs to understand the norm business requirement of P.O.L.C. [Planning, Organising, Leading & Controlling]. The minister may have planned to get the books to the schools however she failed in the O, L & C parts.

  • Ian - 2012-06-21 08:32

    looking for votes hey minister, vote for us and you will get books and a food parcel

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-21 08:32

    please tell me she didnt only hear about this now. angie i know you cant read this, or else you would have read the news ages ago regarding this, how can we have illiterate ministers in government.... you useless excuse for a human.

      Theo - 2012-06-21 09:13

      how can we have illiterate ministers in government.... you useless excuse for a human. ..... Amen !

  • Keith - 2012-06-21 08:36

    Why do you need information from the opposition parties. You should have your finger on the pulse of all municipalities you run ANC!!! Why does the DA, COPE etc have to do your jobs for you? According to the DA there is a warehouse full of these books and it has been there for months? Grade 10 is pretty close to voting age, keeping them dumb so they can vote for you 2014 ANC?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-21 08:37

    Who lied? Who did not do their job? Time for an accountability witch hunt, followed by disciplinary action Time for a public enquiry and disclosure of the result Time for the Minister to resign?

  • wtheka - 2012-06-21 08:37

    Its a disgrace dis tym of the yr

      Theo - 2012-06-21 09:21

      Its more than a disgrace Wtheka...This is like killing the nations children... No education, no future, no life. These kids have no hope in hell to get anywhere in life. And its only the ANC to blame my friend. Time the voters wake up !

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-21 08:43

    The Minister for Basic Education should be fired.....she has no skills in organization as these orders for books should have been dealt with months ago...but as usual...tomorrow is just another day hey.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-06-21 08:44

    Why do want to intervene now? We are approaching July and the damage is irreversible. You sound much more like a reshuffled minister but you have there all along. I still remember your own words before you became a minister defending Malema, '' what is matric''. This implies that matric is nothing and you become a minister for that. You simply don't have passion for education.

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-06-21 08:44

    Shocking story!fire the minister

  • nompumelelo.madonda - 2012-06-21 08:45

    Monitoring (i.e. follow through) of the textbooks delivery process SHOULD have been part of the damage control plan. Any claim made that, the Ministry was\told...\ amounts to INEFFICIENCY period! Smells of the highest level of arrogance when public servants sit in their 'palaces' waiting for the poor people to come crawling, begging from the Masters for what they are entitled to as a basic service. Hhayi khona!

  • theovnk - 2012-06-21 08:47

    I think SA is the only country in the world where something like this can happen. I hang my head in shame.....

  • sello.mapeka - 2012-06-21 08:51

    This is unacceptable, education must be taken as essential service.

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-06-21 08:53

    And she is clearly out of touch with what is going on by only now realizing there is a problem! What a farce this government has become.

  • Themba - 2012-06-21 08:55

    Can somebody give some details please, no need for shouting from an arms chair without knowing the facts. Who is not doing what? Is it down to the usual problems of a tender system, where in most cases people first use money for their personal benefit before delivering?

      pws69 - 2012-06-21 09:05

      Themba, the DA investigated, and have photos of the text books in the warehouse in Limpopo. The books are there, just not distributed. Join the DA facebook page to see the pictures.

  • theovnk - 2012-06-21 08:58

    Sometimes the ANC sits and thinks, other times they just thinks, but mostly they just sits.

      Andre - 2012-06-21 09:02

      And we also just sit and complain and complain and complain.

      Erna - 2012-06-21 09:27

      Apart from voting with our heads, what else can we do? Give some solutions.

      Andre - 2012-06-21 09:43

      Voting alone will never help. 10 clever votes against 100 uneducated votes = 100 uneducated votes win.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-06-21 09:01

    Yes lets wait for a full report!!...I know I'll pick up the phone call Fed Ex pick them up & deliver it !! DOH!

      Erna - 2012-06-21 09:30

      She'll first have to "apply her mind" to the report for a couple of months.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-21 09:05

    Another fine f*ckup by the ANC !! Blame it on apartheid!!

  • Lindelwa - 2012-06-21 09:07

    Will the ANC march for kids who do not have textbooks? No, they will rather march for a sex addict. How pathetic!! Keep them uneducated so that they remain our voting fodder, they remain dependent on our social grants and child grants so that they can be forever grateful of this useles government. Let's vote these incompetent buggers out in 2014!!!

      Themba - 2012-06-21 09:18

      Lindelwa its better that we first find out what is the problem exactly. Let us interview people that must take textbooks from the warehouse to the school and hear their side of the story. In any case, there is no ANC policy that says its good for children not to have textbooks.

      Theo - 2012-06-21 09:30

      @Lindelwa the voters better wake up... it wont be good enought just to replace the sex addict, there is simply too many incompetent ministers that have nooooo clue what they doing. ONLY THE VOTERS CAN BRING CHANGE !!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-21 09:55

      @themba. You don't get it, do you? It is trying to find out the problem and talk and talk and talk and talk that these poor children still needs books. A problem gets sort out as follows: You pick up the books and deliver them first and than you investigate. If there are people who was not paid etc, etc, you hire other and send the stuff. It is a crises. You not first looking for BEE, color, etc. You will find that their are many others that could have helped. No-one will be angry if the minister spend some extra money on distributing the books successful when it is already a know crises. Talk, talk, talk, promise, promise, promise!!!! Enough is enough. The ANC or Gov. policies are all fine. The people is not!!!!!

  • tamia.masia - 2012-06-21 09:07

    Angie pls Resign. u ar a disgrace!

  • flysouth - 2012-06-21 09:16

    She speaks as if she has little or no responsibility at all! As a senior manager in a major company up till 1992, I would have had to resign - or I would have been fired - if I failed in this blatant manner!

  • Gerald - 2012-06-21 09:24

    They needed a court order to force her to do her job and then she still didnt do it but she still has a job... and this is an education minister. Hahaha. Please choose another government next time, as nice as it sounds the ANC arent really going to give you farms, BMWs and buckets of chicken... in fact what you have now is more than you will have next year and so on

  • Emmanuel - 2012-06-21 09:24

    Didnt we change our education system into a laughing stock. Do we really know what our objectives are? Do we really values the future of the victims - pupils.....isnt South Africa, Zimbabwe in the making. If we look at the things that are happening in the background, you might ask yourself if is this South Africa we wanted. This is the first year to have schools not having books, worst part in June nogal. I was under the impression that Department of Education plans for the year in advance, I realized that was wrong. Who will be blamed if the school achieved a 0% pass rate - The school or the department, or may I say "Angie" or the Government? I wonder what the kids were doing without books.....only the department knows. Guess who is turning a blind when all this unfold. I still cant believe we decided to invest in IMF, if we still have school studying under trees, still have schools without books...Or is it the fact that we still crawling, after how many years....Since 1994...will we ever walk? Who must I ask? still infant if I may say....still we have people homeless, people sleeping with no food, people still getting raped in the bushes seeking wood because of lack of electricity.....I thought we voted for change, I dont see the change....a better life is taking time to materialise. Welcome to the Rainbow Nation.

  • Erna - 2012-06-21 09:25

    Did the brilliant minister of education find this information out for herself by asking questions, or only when the DA brought everyone's attention to the fact. On Friday (15 June)I was listening to an interview between a radio journalist and someone high up in education. What was basically said is that people can only start complaining after 12 midnight that books weren't delivered, as till then it was still the 15th of June!! Come on - we all know that government department don't work on Friday afternoons, let alone Friday evenings!

      theovnk - 2012-06-21 09:37

      Also, they don't work from Mondays to Thursdays.

  • donald - 2012-06-21 09:34

    she should fire herself for being useless

  • Jawa - 2012-06-21 09:35

    Minister, your comrades are lying to you again.

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-06-21 09:36

    Is this woman not the head of education, surely she should have been informed of the progress all the time and not after the fact, imagine the court forcing them to deliver books how sad is our education system if they can't even get books to schools on time, says buckets about our government (maybe this year they will drop the pass rate to 10% due to failure to deliver text books

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-21 09:41

    What's she shocked about? She's in charge and she doesn't know what's going on - sounds fairly typical of how this bunch of clowns operate.

  • eradingoana - 2012-06-21 09:43

    I wonder how Motshekga survived the reshuffling of the cabinet while is just so useless.

  • eradingoana - 2012-06-21 09:46

    Sometimes the ruling party forgets that they are the Government. They place the party's needs first before the Government. Attending to political marches while people are waiting for service delivery.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-21 10:03

      That is the problem. The government should be a machine function on its own. The ruling party should only control it by policies and law.(managing it in a controlled manner) The head of departments must be government employees serving the nation and not be political appointments, etc. etc.(thus lower than the ministers) This is a problem that stretch now for regime change after regime change. Politicians are representatives with a mandate and not the people's bosses. Does nobody learns!!!!!

  • Spikes - 2012-06-21 09:48

    Will have to be one hell of good plan!!!!! "She apologised to Limpopo parents and pupils for the situation and made assurances that a recovery plan had been developed so pupils could make up for lost time."

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-21 09:50

    ANC = unaccountable = untouchable. Votas take note - try and think next time when voting. The good Lord gave us brains, let's try and use these shall we?

  • keneilwe.ramokoka - 2012-06-21 09:52

    People you do realise that this is irriversible. She now have messed up lives of hundreds of inocent kids. This is an investment to theft, murder human indignity to name but few. What is the punishment for such incomepetence and choosing those people to do the job. What scares me the most is that no sence of agency or accountability is shown. It really is embarracing.

  • dulcie.theron - 2012-06-21 09:57

    If she is a mother, are her children being educated? How can a mother, forget to buy her children school books..... and be shocked, after six months, when a neighbour reminds her....SIES!!!! ....she should be charged for child negligence and abuse!!!!!!

  • - 2012-06-21 10:00

    Too many people breaking too many rules too many times = Anarchy.Can it be halted? I think not.So strap yourselves in for a wild ride.

  • llmapuma - 2012-06-21 10:12

    mxm...Why does Angie still have a job again? Seriously now

  • idris.nomani - 2012-06-21 10:17

    This is the reality of our education system. The minister is just putting on a show by denying any knowledge of the text book problem. All they care about is awarding tenders to their buddies for services and products that are never up to standard or even worse not rendered/delivered at all...but payment is made...she and her buddies live lavish lifestyles with our tax money whilst the country suffers!!!

  • hugh.olphart - 2012-06-21 10:27

    Shocked? Where you been for the past 6 months? On the moon you incompetent cow? You obviously have been attending all the social engagement, drinking your Johnny Blues, and getting fat on all the cakes and finger snacks. You should be jailed for contempt of court, and for destroying a generation of students. Pathetic fat idiot.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-21 10:43

    Funny the whole country knew about this for months already and here the Minister just found out about it. Heavens, who is unacceptable now?.

  • Wayne - 2012-06-21 10:53

    And yet again, no one will be held accountable for this. It must be so wonderful working for government... You can never be fired! At best, you get suspended with full pay. Look how quickly the country went mad over a silly painting. Where are all those people who marched against the Zuma painting? Why are they not marching now? Priorities people!! Get it right!

  • christopher.paull.9 - 2012-06-21 10:57

    Just think that it is totally shameful that this is the situation and would like to know if the Minister's or any other official had their children not having books. I am sure if this was the case it would not happen. Oh of course the all go to private schools?

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-06-21 11:38

      Make a law that will force these elite servants to enrol their kids at public schools---sorry --eishhhh---they are not servants but super gods that has the right to disregard their duties to SA. People in the street are getting wiser about the anc-- a revolution is surely coming because of this black apartheid --the rich anc and the poor.....They are getting cross because this gravy train is not stopping at the stations any more to pick up a few new prospective travellers. They are actually throwing a few out of the train's windows--(malema)