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Textbooks delivery going well - Dept.

The basic education department says they are receiving feedback on textbook delivery.

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 Tuesday said the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo was progressing well.

This was said as Wednesday’s deadline for the delivery looms.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga promised all schools in the troubled province will have their learning material by Wednesday. 

This comes after the department missed a deadline set for 15 June amidst a scandal over books being destroyed. 

The department said all is going well and it is receiving constant feedback from officials responsible for delivering the textbooks. 

Section 27 agreed to hold off further legal action if the deadline is met. 

The organisation took the department to the North Gauteng High Court after it discovered that learners in Limpopo did not have textbooks. 

Government failed to meet the deadline set by the court.

Motshekga said logistics were to blame for the mishap.

Over the weekend, the Democratic Alliance (DA) discovered books that were destroyed and dumped. 

The party said it will approach Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe Motshekga’s relation with EduSolutions, the company responsible for delivering the textbooks in the province. 

The DA said the destroyed books could have been handed out to pupils. 

The department said the books were damaged and were of no use to learners.

At the same, Equal Education said it is not prepared to grant the department a third extension in a court case over school infrastructure. 

The NGO demands that the department brings about regulations and standards for school infrastructure.

Motshekga is yet to file her answering affidavit in this case.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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