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Motshekga, Zuma discuss textbook saga

Minister Angie Motshekga explained to President Jacob Zuma what led to the Limpopo textbook saga.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma met Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday over the textbook scandal in Limpopo, the Presidency confirmed.

Motshekga apologised unequivocally for the delays in delivery of the books.

She said it was incorrect to suggest no textbooks were delivered and no learning took place at schools in Limpopo.

Zuma emphasised that it was unacceptable for service providers or officials to destroy limited resources like textbooks.

Government conceded there are many lessons to be learned from the crisis.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Motshekga told Zuma that orders for the textbooks were only placed in May this year.

"Around April 28, incorrect orders were placed and this was rectified by intervention of the national department."

An independent commission has been tasked with auditing whether textbooks have been delivered to all schools in the province.

The group is heading to Limpopo on Wednesday.

It will be headed by Former Higher Education director-general Mary Metcalf, with the findings and recommendations expected to be made public later in July.