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Spotlight on Limpopo textbook saga today

The Basic Education Department is due to deliver textbooks to all Limpopo schools today.

The Democratic Alliance discovered destroyed textbooks in the Limpopo province on 23 June, 2012.

JOHANNESBURG - The organisation that took government to court over the failed delivery of textbooks in Limpopo schools says it is hopeful Wednesday's deadline will be met.

The Department of Basic Education agreed with Section 27 that all schools in the province will have learning material by Wednesday.

A 15 June deadline imposed by the North Gauteng High Court was missed - and there now is a scandal around school books being destroyed.

Section 27 member Nikki Stein said: 'We're very hopeful that the department will be able to reach the deadline. The deadline was proposed by them based on what is realistic and we await their confirmation that the delivery of textbooks has been completed."

Books are scheduled to be handed out to students on Thursday.

Textbooks were not delivered at the beginning of the year because of an invalid supplier tender which was only cancelled in April.

It is also alleged the supplier, EduSolutions, did not obtain the tender legally.

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said the party wants Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the destruction of books at the weekend and are watching Wednesday's deadline closely.

On Saturday, it emerged that textbooks were destroyed in Seshego, but education officials said the books were old, outdated and of no use to anyone, including under-stocked libraries in the province.

It said books were destroyed annually.

Government has compiled a recovery plan for pupils who have spent six months waiting for textbooks.