JOHANNESBURG - The presidency and the task team appointed by Jacob Zuma to investigate the Limpopo textbook crisis will not comment on new reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga knew about the fiasco a year ago.
The Star newspaper reported on Thursday that Motshekga was warned about the cash flow problems in the province four months before national government stepped in.
Zuma appointed a task team of five deputy ministers to get to the root of the crisis, but at the same time resisted calls to fire his minister.
Motshekga spent two days in Limpopo this week, but has not announced any major changes, saying only that she is satisfied with the work being done there.
“It appears to be a leaked report and it would be improper for the president to comment on that and I think it would be more appropriate that we deal with the matter through the task team,” the Presidency's Mac Maharaj commented.
The report apparently shows that Motshekga was told that the procurement for textbooks for grades 1, 2, 3 and 10 had not been funded.
Motshekga then took over control of the provincial department in December.
The textbook debacle is the subject of two ongoing investigations.
The Limpopo province continues to battle a textbook crisis, more than halfway into the academic year.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)