Alex pupils forced from classes to join march

2011-10-27 12:36

Alexandra High School pupils were forced from classrooms to join the ANC Youth League’s “economic freedom” march in Gauteng today.
All high schools in the informal settlement were empty after community members forced pupils from their classes.

Schooling was also disrupted in Soweto and on the East Rand, with some schools virtually empty, the SABC reported.

The public broadcaster said pupils were roaming the streets, angry that classes were disrupted during their exams.

This despite the youth league’s call for discipline throughout the youth march.

At midday today thousands of league supporters began their “economic freedom” march to the Chamber of Mines in central Joburg.

This happened soon after league president Julius Malema addressed the crowd at Beyers Naudé Square were they had gathered since the early hours of this morning.

Malema urged supporters to exercise maximum discipline throughout their “long walk to economic freedom”.

“Take your time and walk. We have the whole day and night. You must not run,” he said.

“If you have a bottle of water, you must share it with your fellow people. We [the leadership] are coming to march with you because we are all from poor backgrounds.”

The next stop of the march is the Stock Exchange in Sandton – and then to Pretoria where a night vigil is to be held prior to a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria tomorrow. 

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