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99% of textbooks delivered - Dept.

The Basic Education Department says almost all textbooks have been delivered to schools in Limpopo.

Limpopo Textbooks: Only a few books left in the warehouse. Picture: Andrea van Wyk/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department on Thursday said it has delivered at least 99 percent of textbooks to schools in Limpopo.

The department and social justice organisation, Section 27, met to discuss the extent of the textbook crisis in the Limpopo on Thursday.

Government had promised that all schools would have their learning material by Wednesday midnight.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said they will march in Limpopo even if the department managed to meet the deadline.

"Actually, the deadline was in January. Half of the year is gone, there are only 100 teaching days left before final exams.

"We hold no confidence that the learners will be able to pass. We are asking what solutions can be put in place?."

GOVERNMENT DRAGGED TO COURT

The department was taken to court by Section 27 regarding its failure to deliver textbooks to schools on time.

In May, a Pretoria court ordered the department to deliver the textbooks by no later than 15 June.

DA said it wants a probe into Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's relationship with EduSolutions, the company contracted to deliver textbooks in Limpopo.

The Limpopo government awarded a R320 million contract to EduSolutions to provide schools with textbooks in the province.

Over the weekend, the DA also discovered a large number of books that were shredded and dumped.

The department said it was normal procedure to destroy books that were unusable to learners.