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'Textbooks found in locked Limpopo hall'

The discovery was made at a former teacher training college in the Sekhukhune district.

A photograph taken by the DA leader in Limpopo, Desiree van der Walt, shows boxes abandoned in a hall, apparently full of undelivered textbooks. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said it was disturbed by the apparent discovery of hundreds of boxes of textbooks in the province.

The discovery was made at a former teacher training college in the Sekhukhune district.

Thousands of pupils in at least 39 schools in the province are yet to receive learning material for the 2014 academic year.

Basic Education for All (Befa) has taken the Department of Basic Education to court in a bid to force it to deliver all outstanding learning material by Monday.

But the judge hearing the matter gave both parties three weeks to resolve the issue out of court.

DA Limpopo Leader Desiree van der Walt says she received a tip-off yesterday that learning material had been dumped at the college.

She says she found the college "loaded with books" during a visit with a delegation.

"Hundreds and hundreds of boxes are stacked in a hall, almost to the roof. Even the kitchen is packed," van der Walt claims.

Van der Walt took photographs through the windows of the hall as she could not gain entry. She provided the photos to Eyewitness News , click here to view them.

'NO EXPLANATION'

Van der Walt says she has contacted Limpopo education officials for an explanation.

"We have written to the [Limpopo Education] MEC [Dikeledi Magadzi] to ask her when the books got there, why are they are there, why were they not distributed to schools and if they are surplus books, why did we waste millions of rands?"

The provincial leader says the MEC simply blamed her predecessor.

Van der Walt says the DA is "very disturbed" by this as many school pupils in the province have not received books for the last three years.

In December 2011, the Limpopo Department of Education was placed under administration after it failed to manage its budget.

In June 2012, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was asked to explain why a large number of textbooks were destroyed in the province, despite shortages.

An official in department, who wished to remain anonymous, labelled the latest incident as "sabotage" but declined to comment further.