President Jacob Zuma must make public the report of the presidential task team on the Limpopo textbook saga, the Democratic Alliance said today.
DA education spokesperson Annette Lovemore said Zuma "reportedly” received the report on August 6. She said this was confirmed by Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty in parliamentary questions on August 29.
Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj could not immediately confirm whether Zuma had received the report. "I do not have enough information at the moment to confirm that," he said.
On July 30, the presidency confirmed it had received a preliminary report from the task team, which was appointed on July 4.
Loveday said: "We also have yet to see the report or any action from the President to hold those responsible for the crisis to account."
She had written to the presidency asking that the report be tabled for discussion by the portfolio committee on basic education.
The public needed to know what had caused the delays and what progress had been made on a catch-up plan
President Jacob Zuma needed to act on his undertaking to hold accountable those responsible for the textbook delays.
"The President must be transparent and not shield his loyal cadres, regardless of his precarious position in the run-up to Mangaung."
The Congress of the People's spokesperson on education Willie Madisha said today that Zuma was "tight-lipped" about the Limpopo textbooks matter.
"The opportunity now exists for President Jacob Zuma to walk-the-talk and release a report of the Presidential Task Team, which has been sitting on his table waiting for consideration for a month," he said in a statement.
The public needed to know what had caused the delays and what progress had been made on a catch-up plan.
"COPE therefore calls on the President to act expeditiously, because learners across the country are close to sitting for their final examinations."