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Court ruling on Limpopo textbooks today

It's the third time an NGO has taken the Limpopo Education Department to court.

Thousands of pupils in Limpopo are still waiting for books for this academic year. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - More than 30 Limpopo schools will know today if the High Court in Pretoria will make an urgent order compelling the provincial education department to deliver textbooks to their schools.

Thousands of pupils are still waiting for books for this academic year despite claims by the Basic Education Department that all schools in the province have received their material.

It's the third time a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has taken authorities to court over the textbook saga.

Civil rights group Basic Education for all (Befa) is seeking an urgent court order compelling the department and its provincial branch to deliver all outstanding textbooks to 39 Limpopo schools by Monday.

The department denied neglecting its constitutional obligation to provide learning, saying it has distributed more than 6,5 million books across the province.

The NGO also wants the high court to order the department to present a detailed plan of how it will stop this from happening again.

The matter was first heard on Tuesday but was postponed until today so both parties could make written submissions.