Pupils skip school because Juju ‘listens to us’

2011-08-30 11:03

High school pupils – allegedly bused in by the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) – skipped school today to support Julius Malema during his disciplinary hearing at Luthuli House in downtown Johannesburg.

Outside Beyers Naudé Library Gardens, pupils from Relebogile High School in Khutsong Extension 4, explained how they skipped class to back the embattled ANC Youth League leader.

The pupils are aged between 17 and 18.

A pupil who only identified himself as Jabulani said they were bused in from Khutsong this morning at 9am.

“We are returning to Khutsong when the event ends this evening,” he said.

His classmate, Keamogetswe, said: “The majority of our female peers are pregnant and there is crime in our community and the government is not listening to us as youth. Juju listens and we support him because of this,” she said.

“We are here to support Malema; he is our leader.”

They came with one of the two buses that left from Khutsong.

“We were singing and dancing in the buses,” she said.

Cosas president Bongani Mani denied that Cosas had bused in learners from schools.

He said it was disturbing that pupils had skipped school to support Malema.

“No sober student would bunk classes ahead of the trial exams.”

As the Joburg sun pelted down, the pupils sucked on their iced Take Five juice.

Kgothalang Secondary School pupils in Bekkersdal, in Randfontein, were also bused to Luthuli House this morning.

Some of the pupils, in their teens, were taking advantage of the crowds gathered at Library Gardens by selling lollipops and chips.

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