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Eastern Cape in textbook row

Destroyed textbooks which allegedly belonged to an old college were found in a storage facility.

The Democratic Alliance found textbooks being destroyed at a warehouse in Fort Beaufort, in the Eastern Cape. Picture: DA

CAPE TOWN - Education officials on Wednesday said the Democratic Alliance (DA) must stop running to the media.

Instead they said the party must provide them with relevant information about its concerns so that they could be addressed.

Officials have again dismissed suggestions by the party that it is misleading the public about textbooks found destroyed at a storage facility in Fort Beaufort.

The department insisted the materials belonged to the Cape College, which closed its doors 15 years ago.

However, the DA insisted some of the books were printed in 2007.

Education department spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said: "We have indicated that if the department has been misleading in anyway on this matter, we act on that immediately."

The DA's Edmund van Vuuren said he wants an explanation as some of the books were printed in 2007.

"I've written to the MEC and I'm waiting for his response."