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Some W.Cape schools without textbooks

The ANC says it is not acceptable that some disadvantaged schools still do not have textbooks.

Limpopo textbooks

CAPE TOWN - It is not acceptable that some disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape still do not have textbooks, an ANC leader said on Thursday.

Marius Fransman and South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) members distributed more than 700 textbooks to three schools in Kraaifontein earlier on Thursday.

The learning materials were given to staff at Wallacedene, Bloekombos and Ekuthuleni Primary schools.

Fransman called on the provincial Education Department to step up its services.

"How can the learners pass if they don't have books? Together with Sadtu we've decided to find books to give to these learners."

Education MEC Donald Grant said they were investigating.

"We're busy investigating these claims. We'll issue a statement once we have all the facts."

Meanwhile, Limpopo pupils were forced to study without textbooks for the first half of the year.

Section 27 took the Basic Education Department to court following failure to deliver textbooks. The department was given a deadline to deliver the books but it missed it.

Last week, the department managed to deliver 99 percent of the books.

Opposition parties have been calling for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to step down following the saga.