Dept failed murdered Limpopo pupils - DA

2012-08-21 16:08
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Johannesburg - The three children killed in Limpopo were denied their right to basic education, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

The bodies of 9-year-old Bafana Kekana, Hosea Richard Kekana, 10, and Johana Kekana, 12, were found in Naboomspruit on Saturday.

Their hands and feet had been tied with shoelaces. The girl was raped, according to police.

Police said the children were last seen on Wednesday during a march to demand more teachers at the Dikobo Primary School.

"These three learners spent the last hours before their brutal murder protesting for their right to a basic education," DA education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said.

‘DA stooping low’

The party said after making inquiries it found that three subjects at the school were not being taught because of a shortage of teachers.

"The June reports for Dikobo Primary learners show blank spaces where marks for English, natural sciences and technology are meant to be filled," Van der Walt said.

"This is yet another incident where learners in Limpopo are being failed by our education system."

The education department in Limpopo accused the opposition party of being insensitive and stooping to an "all-time low" by accusing it of failing the murdered children.

"When a family has lost three children and all of us including the community are mourning.... how can they [DA] stoop this low by making such accusations?" spokesperson Pat Kgomo asked.

Kgomo said the department had already sent teachers to the school.

"It's just a lack of information from the DA... and we condemn this kind of politics," Kgomo said.
Limpopo police had not made any arrests by Tuesday.
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