Madonsela investigating textbook issue

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Thursday her office is investigating textbook cases in three provinces.

She was speaking at the New Age Business breakfast in Midrand.

Madonsela said one of the complaints involved the destruction of books in Limpopo where a contractor claimed they were being paid by government to destroy reading material.

She understood her office began looking into the Limpopo textbook saga when government had already appointed task teams to investigate.

“We have now written to the Department of Education to say from a systemic point of view, what has been done now and what mechanisms are in place to ensure that it is clear what books should be delivered to whom by what time.”

Madonsela said there have been informal complaints about schools in the Eastern Cape that did not have enough teachers.

A group of NGO's are taking the Eastern Cape Education Department to court on Thursday over teacher vacancies.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)