Dumping of textbooks probed
FOLLOWING the discovery of textbooks dumped near a dam in Limpopo, the Department of Basic Education said it would dig deeper in its investigations to uncover the truth.
On Monday, a woman collecting firewood in the bushes near Nsami Dam in Giyani discovered piles of textbooks and exercise books dumped. Many of the books were still in a usable condition.
Police were called to the scene and they collected the books for safe keeping.
Police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto said they could not open a case against anyone as no case was reported.
"What we did was to treat the books as 'lost and found' items. It was only after the Limpopo department of education came and collected them from us that we gave the books up," she said.
It is believed a service provider was responsible for dumping the books in the bushes.
According to the provincial department spokesman, Pat Kgomo, the books were from the Department of Basic Education (DoBE) and were destined for schools in the area. He said, however, that it was still unknown why the books ended up in the bushes.
The dumping of the books happened while several schools were operating without textbooks and the DoBE is found wanting on the non-delivery of the books.
Two weeks ago, some of the books were discovered being shredded while others were being burnt at a site in Seshego near Polokwane. The provincial department has since stopped shredding the books and instituted an investigation into the burning of the books. Those that were recovered have been forwarded to community libraries while others would be given to schools with mini-libraries.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga this week called for the arrest of defaulting service providers.
Department spokesman Panyaza Lesufi's cellphones rang unanswered while that of Hope Mokgatlhe was on voicemail.
Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Students in Limpopo yesterday expressed its "utter disgust" at the injustice done to pupils in the province. - firstname.lastname@example.org