Democratic Alliance (Cape Town)

8 February 2013

South Africa: DA Detained By Police At Limpopo Warehouse

press release

Thousands of textbooks are being housed at a warehouse in Polokwane while schools are still without books 2 months into the year.

DA MPL Meisie Kennedy was detained by police at the warehouse after conducting an inspection of the books this morning. She was forced to delete photos from her phone before the police would release her.

Ms Kennedy is a Member of the legislature and entitled to inspect these public resources that should be in schools.

The DA made a surprise visit to the warehouse this morning after pursuing the reasons for book shortages in schools this week.

Schools with book shortages informed the DA that the Education Department had failed to deliver because of problems with the book tender.

The textbooks appear to be for core subjects in the new curriculum, including maths, science and languages.

The Education Department attempted to move and hide the books at another location this morning when they heard of the DA's visit.

A delegation including Mmusi Maimane, Desiree van der Walt and myself arrived in time to witness this.

The warehouse was immediately put into lockdown and thousands of books are still inside.

The DA demands answers from Minister Angie Motshekga about why thousands of books haven't been delivered despite the Department's promises that books are in schools.

Jacques Smalle, DA Leader in Limpopo

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