Zuma gets preliminary textbook report

2012-07-30 19:42

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has received a preliminary report from a presidential task team that investigated the late delivery of textbooks in Limpopo, the presidency said on Monday.

"The president appointed the task team to investigate every aspect of the failure of delivery of learners' textbooks in the Limpopo province," it said in a statement.

"He is studying the report and has urged the task team to continue and conclude its work without any further delay. President Zuma will pronounce on the report once the matter has been concluded."

African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday that the late delivery was a "serious failure" by the government.

He said all task teams investigating the saga needed to reconcile their reports to the presidential task team.

"That final report should be the basis for any action to be taken, including action against any person found guilty of any misdemeanour," Mantashe said.

Many organisations and people, including the African National Congress Youth League and the Congress of SA Trade Unions, held Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga responsible for the saga and had called for her axing.

Former education director general Mary Metcalfe compiled a report on the matter, in response to the department's assertion that 98% of textbooks were delivered to Limpopo schools, after they had been waiting to receive them for the past seven months.

It found that despite the extended date for delivery of textbooks, 27 June, the department's assertion that 98% of the books were delivered was incorrect.

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-07-30 19:53

    and just what is this incompetent bufoon gonna do?pat on the back and redeploy?

      ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-07-30 20:27

      When idiots vote for an idiot party, expect their children to be as idiotic.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-30 20:30

      They should rather have sent him a grade 4 textbook.

      kim.buren - 2012-07-30 20:46

      Does he even know what a textbook is?

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-07-30 21:16

      The ANC have failed us - time for us to give someone else a chance to govern..

  • Busani - 2012-07-30 19:54

    Presidential Task team = Self appointed Idiot brigade

  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-30 19:58

    It is notonly the education department that slip here. Where was the parents, teachers, school governing bodies, Cosatu, SADTU, ANCYL, and that other big mouth student group SASCO and political parties the last six month. For six month nobody did anything except the group that take them to court. No everybody have something to say. Sies

  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-30 20:04

    Cant even deliver textbooks, paint traffic lines on a municipal street, how can any white or coloured people still have the faith to want to live under black majority rule? Gone are the days that i expected to see big swings to opposition parties after an election had taken place, but alas, nothing happens. Time for an independent Cape is running out folks. Next election ditch the DA and vote Cape Party.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-30 20:31

      Lay off the cheap wine [“Papsak or Oom Tasie”\r\n]; tik, woonga or whatever combo of that stuff you are on.

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-30 21:28

      Themba, Have you ever heard of shooting our way to freedom? Google at what happened in Yugoslavia when different ethnic groups cant live together

  • malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-07-30 20:06

    He's now getting a preliminary report , unbelievable that we the people of the country have seen this disaster unfolding & what damage is/has been caused to the youth in Limpopo.Yet our so called qualified & untouchable leaders have not been able to implement damage control measures !These idiots involved , starting at the top , should have been FIRED not REDEPLOYED which is bound to happen , months ago.So now what , is he suddenly going to magically instill the months of knowledge that these kids have missed out on & majestically come up with record year end results for Limpopo province .I think not , they couldn't arrange a decent piss up in a brewery !

  • michael.deyzel.1 - 2012-07-30 20:06

    Hope the report is not in textbook format... It might get lost.

  • Henk - 2012-07-30 20:07

    Who is going to read it for him?

  • andre.webster.10 - 2012-07-30 20:16

    What wrong with you Mr Spear? Why is it taking so long for you to investigate who to blame? Oh you just checking and making sure it is not Hendrik Verwoerd stealing the trucks? Or you cant read the report because you didnt pass your matric? Our rainbow nation children is suffering because of incompentent government running our circus.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-30 20:16

    Hope there is evidence to prove the incompetency, once and for all of..... Angie(minister of education) she can get her sorry butt fired.....but I suppose even if there is proof...Zuma will stupidly protect her....WHY?

  • tobydt - 2012-07-30 20:28

    Now we wait for Jacob to 'apply his mind'.

      malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-07-30 22:36

      this could take FOREVER !

  • steve.atherton.180 - 2012-07-30 20:36

    Zoooooooma, at prize prick

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-30 20:45

    Edusolutions have been donating very handsomely to Zuma`s Trust. Why would he fire Angie? She has obviously been faithfully and robotically carrying out his master Zuma`s instructions to award contracts to Edusolutions so that his “trust” can receive “donations”. For all her troubles, she'll get a promotion. Besides, HF Verwoerd is the convenient scapegoat. Zuma will probably take that report and wipe his behind with it. That is what he means by “applying” his “mind”. Lol

  • mmaeke.fires - 2012-07-30 20:46

    Hope will be able to read, understand and implementantion thereafter.

  • shihungasi.khoza - 2012-07-30 20:54

    As we all know how slow our president reads, i bet it will take him more than a week 2 finish reading the report

  • jimzimbo - 2012-07-30 22:06

    This complete idiot is the leader of Africa's economic powerhouse????? God help Africa....especially south africa and it's people....

  • jimzimbo - 2012-07-30 22:08

    Where else on earth would you hope to find such a stupid bas*tard embacile running a country into the ground????

  • alf.pop - 2012-07-30 22:08

    What is Zipper Zuma going to do with the report? He needs somebody to read it for him. He can't even read the five Olympic Rings! He must resign together with his entire cabinet! An empty Drinks Cabinet does a better job than this lot!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-31 07:24

    Oh wonderful - he received the "preliminary" report now he has all the time in the world to scratch his head and ponder the situation. This is a disaster of humongous proportions and now we will ponder the report.Obviously crisis is not in the zulu dictionary. I feel sorry for the kids that have lost a whole year of learning, they will never catch up unless they have dedicated teachers who are passionate about their craft.What a waste!

  • mart.botha - 2012-07-31 08:23

    Swift, decisive and far reaching action is required by ZUMA. Any other reaction from him will confirm his pure figurehead status of captain of this rudderless ship !

  • christoff.truter - 2012-07-31 10:42

    Isn't this the minister of eduction's job?

  • david.thulani.98 - 2012-08-05 21:31

    it a pity, couse same anc who put mr zuma on the positions they pinpointing him calling him by names, so as i am a zulu born person i am glad that ZUMA IS DOING WELL QHUBEKA MSHOLOzi

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