Motshekga job 'is not done yet'
THE Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will leave Limpopo at the end of the month when books for the next academic year have been ordered.
Motshekga moved to Limpopo at the beginning of the month.
Her spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said yesterday: "We have realised that the problems are deeper than we anticipated. We thought we were working with cash flow problems of one year but it turns out the problems date back to at least 2004."
Lesufi said the department did not have the power to fire people accused of mismanagement and corruption.
"We have to work through these people. The rot is not only in district and provincial departments but at schools.
"We have to follow the law. That is why we've asked the National Prosecuting Authority and Special Investigating Unit to investigate and charge people criminally."
Lesufi said when Motshekga moved to Limpopo she "came up with a three-pronged solution".
"The first part was to satisfy school needs. Every quarter schools receive money for things like water and electricity. Schools did not receive the money so we had to make sure they got the money."
The other thing the minister looked into was the curriculum, specifically the catch-up plan and ensuring that teachers are trained in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement.
"The last point is ensuring that corruption is investigated. This includes suppliers and people who work within the department."
Lesufi said Siloe School for the Blind in Thokgwaneng near Lebowakgomo had still not received textbooks.
Section 27's Nikkie Stein said the organisation still planned on taking the department back to court. - firstname.lastname@example.org