Schools join youth league march to demand textbooks

2012-08-30 10:48

ANC Youth League protest marchers arrived at the Limpopo department of education in Polokwane to hand a memorandum to education MEC Dickson Masemola demanding textbook delivery to schools in the province.

“Dickson is a betrayer,” they sang, holding placards reading: “We demand textbooks.”

The march, which was delayed for more than an hour, started under heavy police presence at the SABC park. Officers in about 10 vehicles kept watch.

Pupils of the Moruleng and Mohlakaneng secondary schools, in Seshego outside Polokwane, were bused to the SABC park to join the march.

The pupils, who were not given permission from the schools to attend the march, carried placards with slogans “We demand jobs” and “Administration must release our province”.

The league was also marching against the national government placing five Limpopo departments, including education, under administration in December last year.

Expelled youth league president Julius Malema used to go to Mohlakaneng Secondary.

The education department said it was disappointed that the league members were disrupting schooling.

“The department condemns the disruption of schools for political gains,” spokesperson Pat Kgomo said in a statement.

“We want to urge the principals, school governing bodies and parents to urgently report any disruptions to the law enforcement agency and also appeal to learners to refrain from participating in any event that is not curriculum orientated.”

Earlier, Limpopo police said they were ready for the march and expected demonstrators to behave.

“We will not take any nonsense, we are prepared and we don’t anticipate any problems,” said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

“[We] would like them to behave. If they misbehave, action will be taken against them.”

This morning, youth league spokesperson Nono Mabunda said the league was expecting 3 000 people at the march to the department of education and premier’s office.

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