SAHRC considers legal action over non-delivery of Limpopo textbooks

The commission says the failure to ensure that pupils have all their prescribed textbooks is a violation of their human rights.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it’s considering taking legal action against the Basic Education Department over the non-delivery of textbooks to some schools in Limpopo.

The commission says the department’s failure to ensure that pupils have all their prescribed textbooks is a violation of their human rights.

Last month the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled the department should ensure that all schools receive the required textbooks for the 2017 academic year.

The SAHRC's Andre Guam says it’s given the department a deadline.

“The SAHRC has written to the national minister of education and the provincial MEC. We’ve given them the deadline to deliver textbooks by Monday.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)