ANC warns Cosas about rape remarks

2013-07-23 21:32
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Johannesburg - The ANC on Tuesday called on Cosas not to take the law into its own hands by castrating rapists.

"Our position is that we have law enforcement agencies in this country and anybody who commits crime must face the might of the law," said ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza.

"It is not the responsibility of Cosas to do that. We call on Cosas to recognise that there are law enforcement agencies. Where crime has been committed people must not take matters into their own hands," he said.

Earlier, the Congress of SA Students (Cosas) threatened to castrate rapists.

"We are going to take the law into our hands... starting from cutting off private parts of those who rape our brothers and sisters, not to forget removing drug dealers in our communities because we know where they live," said Cosas president Thlologelo Malaji.

"Our community members must stop living in fear and assist us to remove all the ills of society," he said.

Malaji said Cosas had decided not to sit back and watch the future of the youth taken away by the "ills of society".

"We call upon all stakeholders in the education sector... to take part and contribute in the struggle to improve the education of our country, ensuring that our students receive the best education," he said.

Cosas would call mass meetings of parents, pupils, and others to discuss the state of education in the country.

"Core to these discussions... is the continuous disruptions of the culture of teaching and learning due to protests."

Feeding scheme

Malaji said Cosas was also concerned about the number of schools, especially high schools, which did not have feeding schemes.

"If a child in a primary school has been depending on the feeding scheme, in high school their background is still the same. Where will that child get assistance if the feeding scheme is no longer there?" he asked.

He said the quality of the food being served in the feeding scheme was concerning.

Malaji said Cosas would also continue to oppose the publication of matric results in newspapers.

"As a students' organisation, we still maintain that matric results should be a private matter between the matriculant and the department of education."

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