‘Fakers since ’94’ T-shirts a DA plot, says ANC MP

2013-11-08 11:52

An ANC member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature has claimed the controversial T-shirts designed by pupils of a Durban high school were part of a DA tendency to demonise the ruling party.

According to The Witness, Siboniso Duma told the legislature the T-shirts smacked of a “DA tendency of promoting white supremacy by demonising the ANC government”.

T-shirts bearing the faces of President Jacob Zuma, former president Nelson Mandela and ANC national executive committee member and former police commissioner Bheki Cele, with “derogatory” captions, were displayed at the Westville Village Market Mall in Durban.

The provincial ANC on Wednesday expressed shock at the T-shirts made by Westville Boys High pupils.

The T-shirts were removed as soon as a complaint was received.

According to school principal Trevor Hall they had been produced as part of the visual arts curriculum, part of which focused on social commentary.

One of the T-shirts labelled ANC leaders as “fakers since 1994”.

Hall told The Witness earlier this week that “the three artworks in question were created by free-thinking learners as part of their art portfolio for examination”.

He said the work was not intended to offend and apologised for any offence caused.

Duma’s comments were made as he tabled a motion calling for the education department to investigate the matter.

He was quoted as saying that the DA was “a cancer to the society whose sole mandate is to destroy our society by promoting white supremacy and neo-liberalism”.

“Public schools must serve our interests not the opposition. An investigation by the MEC must be done,” he said.

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