Jacques Smalle MPL
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader:
The Democratic Alliance challenges Premier Stanley Mathabatha to prove his claims made during the SOPA reply debate yesterday in the Limpopo Legislature, on delivery of 100% of textbooks.
The DA has exposed numereous examples of undelivered textbooks, warehouses full of thousands of undelivered textbooks, and examples of incorrect delivery of textbooks since the start of 2015.
As recently as yesterday the DA uncovered yet more examples, in Phalaborwa. Yet Premier Mathabatha will not own up to these failures and prefers to remain stuck in his own fantasy that all textbooks have been delivered.
The DA notes with grave concern that this government would rather let our school going learners suffer than admit the errors as a result of the department’s dysfunctional systems.
The DA has uncovered or seen proof of schools without any books in certain grades or which have a shortage of certain text books in some subjects. Meanwhile the premier recklessly assured the people of Limpopo that all books were delivered earlier on in February.
In challenging Premier Mathabatha, we remind him of the following:
- The plight of learners of Mohlakaneng Secondary School in Seshego who went on strike over non-availability of Maths, Tourism and Sepedi textbooks.
- Kheodi Secondary School in Belleview in Mopani also embarked on a strike from February 24 to March 2 for physical science text books in Grade 12. The school also runs short of many other books in various grades.
- Magaedisha High School still awaits physical science text books for Grade 10, 11, 12 and Maths for Grade 11.
- The Rebologile High school, in Phalaborwa area, has also not received any of the books as per the list of books sent by the school to the department.
The DA further puts it on record that the Provincial Development Plan was neither ever tabled in the Limpopo Legislature nor was it debated or scrutinized in any portfolio of the Limpopo Legislature.
The deliberate exclusion of political parties by the Premier when documenting the Provincial Development Plan, proves that democratic process in Limpopo remains as limited by Premier Mathabata as the textbooks he refuses to deliver.