JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's president says he won't fire the education minister over a scandal that saw thousands of the country's schools remaining without textbooks for up to seven months.
Jacob Zuma told local station Talk Radio 702 on Monday that he first seeks a thorough investigation to determine whether minister Angie Motshekga is to be held responsible for the mishap.
The government this year failed to deliver books in the northeastern Limpopo province affecting _ according to the country's main opposition party _ some 5,000 schools.
With students in Limpopo still waiting for new books, reports emerged that a government official and service providers dumped and destroyed old textbooks there, provoking a public outcry against the government's mismanagement.
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