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Destroying textbooks is 'normal practice'

The Basic Education Dept says the destroyed books are of no use to learners

The Democratic Alliance discovers destroyed textbooks in the Limpopo province on 23 June, 2012. Picture: HelenZille/Twitter
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JOHANNESBURG -  The Department of Basic Education on Saturday confirmed that the destroying of textbooks in the Limpopo province is a normal annual procedure.

It said this is to clear out books which are unusable.

Earlier, the Democratic Alliance (DA) demanded an explanation from Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on why a large number of textbooks were destroyed despite a shortage in schools in the Limpopo.

The department's spokesperson Hope Mogatle said it is unfortunate this is happening amid all the media frenzy regarding the shortage of textbooks in the province.

“The bulk of the books are badly mutilated, written on and have some pages missing. They are of no use to the learners.”

The department was taken to court by Section 27 regarding its failure to deliver textbooks to schools on time.

In May, a Pretoria court ordered the department to deliver the textbooks by no later than 15 June.

The DA said the books were shredded and dumped.

Motshekga blamed logistics on the failure to deliver the books.

She said Wednesday is the new deadline.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)


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