Publishers' agent bust in textbook scandal
LIMPOPO police arrested a suspect in connection with the dumping of textbooks in Majeje near Phalaborwa this week.
The books, which were discovered on Monday, are now in the possession of the Namakgale police.
Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed yesterday that an agent of Shutter and Shooter Publishers has been arrested in connection with the crime.
Mulaudzi said the man has been charged with malicious damage to property after more than 6000 textbooks were found dumped.
"I can confirm that we have arrested a 46-year-old man, who is an agent of Shutter and Shooter Publishers, in connection with the dumping of books in Majeje village near Phalaborwa," Mulaudzi said.
He said investigations were continuing to determine the motive for the dumping of the textbooks.
The suspect will appear in the Lulekani Magistrate's Court today.
Department of Basic Education spokesman Panyaza Lesufi welcomed the arrest yesterday.
"We want to congratulate the police for the speed with which they moved to arrest the culprit in connection with the dumping of the books in Phalaborwa.
"We hope those arrested will shed more light as to the motive for dumping the books while pupils need them in schools," Lesufi said.
This is the second arrest in connection with the dumping of books in Limpopo. An official of the provincial department of education, Glen Kubayi, was arrested last month after books were found dumped next to the Nsami Dam in Giyani. Kubayi, who is out on R2000 bail, will appear in the Giyani Magistrate's Court on September 5.
Attempts to get comment from Shutter and Shooter Publishing, a company based in KwaZulu-Natal, drew a blank yesterday. - firstname.lastname@example.org