More books dumped
YET another pile of books has been found dumped in Limpopo. This brings to three the number of incidents in which textbooks were found dumped in the province.
The local police were called to Majeje village near Phalaborwa shortly after the discovery of the books yesterday. They are believed to have been dumped on Sunday.
Mathematics textbooks for grades 6 to 12 and teachers' guides were among the books .
It is still not known who is responsible for dumping the books. Police are investigating.
The national Department of Education and the provincial department have been in the spotlight for failing to deliver textbooks to schools on time.
A resident in the area, Edmund Mbetse, who discovered the books, said he saw many pupils in the village in possession of textbooks and asked where they had got them from.
Mbetse said he was told the books had been dumped, and he went to investigate. He said more than 5000 books were found at the scene.
"I'm very disappointed that all these stories we have been hearing about the dumping of books has now happened in our area," Mbetse said.
"We call on law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter and arrest those responsible for the dumping of books.
"The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, must also come on board to explain what led to the dumping of the books."
Spokeswoman for the police Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto confirmed yesterday that books were found dumped yesterday morning and that investigations were under way to determine how and why the books came to be dumped there.
"We are investigating the origin of the books and why they were dumped at the area," Otto said.
In June, books were found being shredded while others were being burnt at a site in Seshego.
Last month, another load of textbooks was found dumped near the Nsami Dam in Giyani.
Panyaza Lesufi, spokesman for the Department of Basic Education, yesterday called on law enforcement agencies to double their efforts in investigating the matter relating to the dumping of books.
He said he believed the truth would come out relating to the motives. - email@example.com
- This article was first published in print on 7 August 2012