Official involved in textbook dumping to stand trial

The government official accused of dumping textbooks in Limpopo is to face trial in two weeks.

Glen Tsakani Kubayi, 44, an education department clerk who lives in Section F, Giyani, appeared briefly in the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

He was not asked to plead to charges of malicious damage to property and the case against him was transferred to the Giyani Regional Court for trial.

“All the investigation reports and witnesses have been brought and the case is now heading to the regional court for trial, which will take place on September 17,” said provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto.

Kubayi was arrested after the provincial education department laid charges against him following the discovery of 700 textbooks dumped on the banks of Nsami dam on June 29.

The textbooks included Mathematics for Grade 8 and Numeracy in Sepedi for Grade 3.

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He was re-arrested when another 100 books were found dumped at Kgapane village near Tzaneen, but was acquitted due to lack of evidence.

He is currently out on R2000 bail for the Giyani case.

Provincial education spokesperson Pat Kgomo said Kubayi was still at work as his disciplinary hearing was postponed last week.

“He is still at work. Internally we called him for a disciplinary hearing but he asked it to be postponed to next week as he stated that he was too sick for the hearing,” said Kgomo. – SAnews.gov.za