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Section27 wants Limpopo education probed

The organisation says accountability is very important and is encouraging a thorough investigation.

Textbooks found in a warehouse in Limpopo. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Rights organisation Section27 wants to see all financial misconduct issues relating to the Limpopo Education Department investigated.

On Sunday, new Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha suspended the Head of Department for Education pending the outcome of disciplinary hearings.

Limpopo schools battled a textbook crisis last year which left tens of thousands of pupils without learning material.

The organisation's Nikki Stein says accountability is very important and is encouraging a thorough investigation.

"The problems in Limpopo aren't caused by individuals, but may be many officials who are involved in any financial misconduct. We hope the same steps will be taken in relation to anybody who's involved in any financial misconduct."

Meanwhile, Head of Department for Education, Morebudi Thamaga along with his colleague Nnana Manamela have been suspended with immediate effect pending their investigation.

Spokesperson Kenny Mathivha said the specific charges against Thamaga and Manamela could not be named as they still had to face a hearing.

The move comes as the new premier attempts to clean up the province which has been marred by maladministration and corruption.

A national government team took over the reins of a number of the province's departments in 2011 when it emerged the province was R1.7 billion in the red.

Mathabatha succeeded Cassel Mathale, who resigned after being recalled by the ANC.