Cosas states demands

2015-06-10 06:02

SCHOOLS within Welkom’s township of Thabong can brace themselves to miss out on another important day of learning and teaching in a matter of weeks.

This after the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) threatened to embark on another full-scale protest which will include a march involving learners of local schools.

The first march was on Friday (15/05), organised by the movement in solidarity of the suffering of the people of Palestine in Israel.

The march saw scores of learners of local schools within Thabong and Bronville supporting it. It was also intended to rally support to boycott South African companies trading in Israel. The Woolworths store remains the biggest target.

Approximately 400 learners participated in Friday’s march, which saw leaders of Cosas return home without presenting a petition.

Express Goldfields andamp; NFS reliably learnt that schools had not been informed about last Friday’s protest march, which saw schools forced to close to allow learners to participate in the march.

Hundreds of learners of the Thabong township took to the streets while their peers in schools in town were in classrooms continuing with learning and teaching.

The Free State Department of Education would not comment on whether permission had been granted for schools to close.

Sello Lebake, Cosas chairperson and also a gr. 12 learner of the Welkom Secondary School in Bronville, stated that their movement would not budge in their demands.

These include a boycott of South African companies trading with Israel and a support action calling for Israel to free the people of Palestine.

“Young children are being murdered in Gaza due to ongoing conflict. We are sick and tired of the killing of people in Gaza, especially the Palestinians. We want South Africa to boycott Israel for killing innocent people in Gaza,” said Lebake.

“During apartheid South Africa was sanctioned, we want the same to apply to Israel. South African companies trading with Israel are in a way financing it and enabling that country to purchase weapons to oppress and kill innocent Palestinians.”

He said another march was on the cards in solidarity of the people of Palestine and to further rally support to boycott South African companies trading with Israel.

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