Textbooks in Limpopo destroyed

The DA wants Minister Angie Motshekga to account for textbooks destroyed in Limpopo

The Democratic Alliance discovers destroyed textbooks in the Limpopo province on 23 June, 2012. Picture: HelenZille/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Saturday was asked explain why a large number of textbooks were destroyed in Limpopo despite a shortage of books in the province.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo said they inspected a site in Seshego on Friday where a contractor claimed that they were following the education department's instructions.

The Basic Education Department has been in the spotlight for being taken to court by Section 27 regarding its failure to deliver textbooks to schools on time.

In May, the North Gauteng High Court ordered the department to deliver the textbooks by no later than 15 June. The deadline was not met.

The DA said the books, which appeared to be in good condition, were shredded and loaded on vehicles to be dumped.

The party's national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said they did not understand why the books were destroyed.

He said they had offered transport to deliver them to schools.

"The minister declined our offer. We find this totally appalling and the minister must be accountable."

On Friday, Motshekga said Wednesday was set as the new deadline for the delivery of textbooks at Limpopo schools.

The minister visited the province to assess the situation.

She said administrators appear to have underestimated the complexity of the process.

"The main problem was logistics and capacity to send the books to schools," the minister said.