Motlanthe heaps praise on Team SA

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe believes Team SA will continue to snatch-up medals.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Friday said he believes South Africa will continue to snatch-up medals at the London Olympic Games.

Speaking at the LeadSA's second birthday at Montecasino in northern Johannesburg, he said Team SA's performance thus far was "magnificent".

The deputy president said the athletes made South Africa proud.

"I am confident that more gold medals will follow as the Games continue, further giving credence to our well-founded belief that we are indeed a winning nation."

Motlanthe also used to opportunity to speak out about crime and corruption.

"We need to continue to grow and develop a culture of getting communities to blow the whistle on crime. We have to break our silence."

On the Limpopo textbook crisis, he first described the crisis as regrettable and then went further.

"The fact that we're in August and still struggling to solve this problem is tragic, to put it mildly".

The deputy president would not be drawn on whether Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga should be fired.

There have been calls for the minister to step down because of her handling of the scandal.

Motlanthe said President Jacob Zuma was awaiting a final report on the matter and would only comment on it once it was complete.

Thousands of learners in that province are still without all necessary learning material.

The initial delay was caused by an invalid tender awarded to suppliers EduSolutions, which was only cancelled in April.

The Department of Basic Education failed to meet two deadlines imposed by the North Gauteng High Court and rights group Section 27.

On the e-tolling front, Motlanthe said he was confident a solution to the stalemate could be reached ahead of a legal showdown scheduled for late November.

A date was finally set for a final legal review, which will only happen after the Constitutional Court hears a challenge against an interdict granted in favour of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

In the meantime, Motlanthe is heading a task team established to explore alternative funding models to pay for the upgrades on Gauteng's roads.

He said a second round of consultations would be held soon with various stakeholders.