It appears that Limpopo is not the only province facing a problem of textbook shortages in schools. Some school principals in KwaZulu-Natal have also complained that they are yet to receive textbooks in their schools, six months after classes began. Others say they've received the wrong textbooks.
National Teachers Union spokesperson, Allan Thompson, says the provincial Education Department is also not innocent when it comes to the proper distribution of textbooks. Thompson says the union has decided that all schools get a section 21 status because the status allows all school principals to order books on their own.
However, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Mathonsi has dismissed the rival union's claims. Mathonsi says he has not received any complaints about books not being distributed, further noting that KZN has had timeous delivery. Mathonsi argues that if there were significant complaints, they would have been lodged at the beginning of the year because the province’s stationery gets delivered a year before.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has called for the immediate resignation of the province’s Education MEC Dickson Masemola and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. DA Education spokesperson in Limpopo, Desiree van der Walt, made the call when she visited a site in Seshego outside Polokwane where old textbooks were found dumped and being shredded. Van der Walt has selected some books which she says she will distribute to schools and old age homes.