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Pressure mounts on Motshekga

Angie Motshekga came under serious fire for her handling of the Limpopo textbook crisis.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

JOHANNESBURG - A performance agreement signed between Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and President Jacob Zuma is confidential and will not be made public, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

This as tension mounts over the Limpopo textbook crisis.

Some learners are still waiting for textbooks, despite a high court order compelling the Department of Basic Education to deliver books by 27 June.

The department was taken to court by rights organisation Section 27.

On Monday, the Metcalfe Report on the saga could not accurately say how many textbooks had reached schools.

Motshekga came under serious fire for her handling of the debacle.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the performance agreement signed in 2010 is a tool used to improve government efficiency.

"I have not seen any performance agreement between the minister and the president."

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s Patrick Craven called on officials to make the agreement public.

"We don't want to allocate blame entirely to one individual. As the minister, Angie Motshekga must be held to account."

Both Cosatu and the Democratic Alliance have called on her to step down.

SADTU STRIKE?

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) on Tuesday warned that Limpopo teachers were running out of patience.

He called on the department to address their demands immediately.

Teachers have been told they will have to work overtime during the department's catch-up period.

Sadtu's Matome Raphasha said if the teachers are not paid overtime, they will go on strike.

"We are very happy and proud of our own teachers, because they have sustained this thing from January.

"We are worried because the patience of teachers cannot be extended beyond its limits," added Rapasha.