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Officials hit out at Section 27

Officials hit out at Section 27 after it called on the Limpopo Education MEC to step down.

One of the primary schools awaiting textbooks in Limpopo. Picture: Andrea Van Wyk/EWN

POLOKWANE - The Limpopo Education Department has lashed out at rights organisation Section 27 over its call for MEC Dickson Masemola to resign over the textbook crisis.

The Metcalf Report on Monday found that the Basic Education Department failed to comply with a court order compelling it to deliver all textbooks by the June 27 deadline.

The department said it was "appalled and disturbed" by accusations that it was rotten, corrupt and incapable of meeting its constitutional obligations.

Officials from the department said Masemola was cooperating fully with the provincial intervention task team investigating the debacle.

It also labelled Section 27s comments as irresponsible.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) described both Premier Cassel Mathale and Masemola's refusal to resign as "disgusting".

According to the Metcalfe report, officials could not accurately say how many textbooks had in fact reached schools, as yet.

The report found that only 15 percent of schools received their books by June 27.

The Metcalf Inquiry had two weeks to compile its report.

A final document will be released at a later date.