No case in school book saga has been opened

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NO POLICE case had been opened by yesterday afternoon over the dumping of textbooks meant to be delivered to Limpopo schools.

This is despite Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga pleading with the police to arrest those who dumped the books in Giyani this week. The minister described this as “an act of sabotage”.

According to Limpopo police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto, two batches of 700 textbooks were found dumped near a taxi rank and a dam.

They included maths textbooks for Grade 8 and those for Pedi numeracy for Grade 3.

Even though Motshekga has called for the arrest of those responsible, Otto said no case had been opened. She said the police had kept the books “as lost and found property” at the Giyani police station.

On Monday Limpopo education department officials collected the textbooks from the police station without opening a case.

Otto said investigations would not be done until a case was opened by the department. “Under certain circumstances like murder and rape, we will open the case ourselves, but in such instances, no.”

The department said these textbooks were not part of the recent order by the Pretoria High Court that instructed the department to deliver textbooks to schools in the province by June 15.

Motshekga’s spokesman, Panyaza Lesufi, said yesterday that officials were still collating information and would subsequently open a police case.

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