NEARLY 700 textbooks were found dumped in Limpopo at the weekend, in a move the Department of Basic Education described as “an act of sabotage”.
The books, grade 8 maths and grade 3 numeracy in SePedi, were found in two different batches in Giyani, north-east of Limpopo, at the weekend.
The first batch of 277 books was found next to a car wash on Friday and the other batch of about 400 was discovered next to a dam yesterday.
The books found next to the dam appeared to have been thrown off a bridge, said police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto.
The Department of Basic Education released a statement that said the latest dumping of textbooks was an “act of sabotage” and called for an investigation into the issue. They said these textbooks were not part of the books that were supposed to be delivered by the extended deadline of June 27.
The department also said it suspected its suppliers were “conniving with other forces” to embarrass the department by not delivering the textbooks.
Limpopo has been beleaguered with educational problems and was placed under national administration in December.
In May a court ordered the department to deliver textbooks by June 15, a deadline which was missed. This deadline was then moved to June 27.
Late last month, books were seen being shredded and burnt at a former teachers’ training institution in Seshego, outside Polokwane.
Otto said police were still investigating where the textbooks were meant to have gone before they were dumped.