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Politically selective in our judgement

22 June 2012, 11:50

We South Africans generally are so politically selective in our response to issues facing our nation. The DA responded very vocally to the Basic Education Departments (BED) non-delivery of text books to schools in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, and rightly so.

To me this inaction by the BED is tantamount to high treason.

Denying already disadvantaged learners the opportunity for progress in education in this manner is scandalous, it shouldn't be tolerated in any way possible.

The ANC government is seriously failing our children, and this should be condemned in the strongest terms.

But the silence from organisations who purport to have the better interests of our country at heart is eerie.

Where is SADTU, SASO, ANCYL, COSATU, ANC and all its formations when this treatment is visited on our children???

And then, when the DA proposes the closure of 27 schools in the Western Cape, for whatever reasons they deem appropriate, the ANC and COSATU Western Cape become very vocal in their criticism of this move.

And the DA supporters are equally silent in supporting or criticising the wisdom of this move.    

But in both instances the criticism has nothing to do with the principle of concern for the education of our children.

It has everything to do with political opportunism and political point scoring.

If I don't have the balls to criticise wrongdoing in my own (political) environment, then my criticism of political opponents will always be construed as shouting in the wind.

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