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'Some Limpopo schools still without books'

Section27 say some schools in Limpopo still do not have all their learning material.

Shredded textbooks in Limpopo. Picture: Twitter: @HelenZille.

JOHANNESBURG - It is unnecessary for Section27 to again turn to the courts over the Limpopo textbook saga, said the Department of Basic Education on Thursday.

The lobby group has claimed there are still some schools in that province that have yet to receive their books and the department is in contempt for failing to meet a court ordered deadline for delivery.

The department also missed a later deadline it had agreed on with Section27.

The group is heading to the South Gauteng High Court again on Tuesday, but department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said the crisis is not a matter for the court.

"All the issues can be resolved out of one meeting. One meeting can provide the information that Section27 wants, and they can be satisfied immediately.

"They don't have to go to court to ask for that kind of information."

Section27 attorney Nikki Stein said Tuesday's proceedings will centre around the undertakings the department has made to deliver books and why it agreed it would deliver textbooks by 27 June when it knew that was not possible.

The academic year is almost over and some Limpopo pupils are still without all of their learning material.

The initial delay was caused by an invalid tender awarded to book suppliers EduSoultions. The contract was cancelled in April.

Limpopo education was one of five departments placed under administration in December 2011, after they all failed to manage their annual budgets.