41 Northern Cape schools to stay closed

2012-08-29 12:02

Johannesburg - A total of 41 schools in the Northern Cape would remain closed due to a high level of intimidation, the basic education department said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said police needed to immediately step in and stabilise the situation before schools could be re-opened.

"These acts of vandalism must be investigated and culprits be identified and appropriate action be taken by our law enforcement agencies."

He said 41 of the 65 schools in the Johan Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, in which Kuruman is situated, have been closed since June. Three of these schools have been burnt down and the 24 remaining schools have been re-opened.

"The majority of parents have asked us to re-open the schools. Once the situation has been stabilised the schools will be re-opened."

Lesufi said the demands tabled by the protesters were not education-related.

Residents have been protesting over the lack of tarred roads in the municipality.

"The department of basic education and the provincial education department will continue to support the camp set up to support matriculants."

He said the main focus was on the matriculants as there was a full recovery plan for pupils in the lower grades.

"The high level of intimidation and disruptions make it extremely difficult for the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to visit the area," Lesufi said.

The minister is currently attending the 18th Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers in Mauritius.

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 12:15

    People in this country are "gatvol"

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-29 12:55

      Ha ha ha ha ha!!!! Its just so amusing watching these idiots at work...and then more idiots following their example!! Protest, strike, burn, kill... ...then expect money and a wonderful life to follow. Ha ha ha!!!

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 13:02

      ....and Ironic the minister is in Mauritius! - 2012-08-29 13:11

      Quite frankly I would also prefer sipping cocktails on the hotel deck overlooking the ocean in Mauritius than watching a bunch of "demonstrators" burning down schools in dusty old Kuruman... But then again, Angie, it's YOUR JOB to do so, NOT to beach bum it in Mauritius (I honestly hope she didn't traumatise the locals there by putting on a skinny and have a swim in the sea...what a thought...uuugghhhh!!!!!) - 2012-08-29 13:12

      @Eltorro - indeed: "The natives are getting restless, old chap".

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-29 13:35

      Yeah pity the poor children who have no schools and books. Some even have to go to class under trees. The legacy of apartheid. Only 24 schools in Northern Cape. How do people think they must get an education, sitting in their comfortable homes with their children in Private Schools? Ah... solution, lets have a schools closing down and intimidate the kids and teachers. Hurry! Hurry! Only 24 schools left till Xmas! Now Burning in a town near you! Do not miss the opportunity to burn down your very own school! Today! Free matches and petrol if you can produce an ANCYL membership card!!!!

      theO rAcLe - 2012-08-29 15:51

      We Want, Want, Want, everything is about handouts, no inclination to work and get an education. Always just resort back to blaming apartheid. This country will never get beyond this level, as a matter of fact I think the best it ever was is in the past, from then just downhill into an abyss.

  • dries.reyneke - 2012-08-29 12:16

    No schools, no handbooks no working teachers. Liberation before education. Viva ANC Viva.

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-08-29 12:51

      Biting the hand that educates you! Comes to mind

  • dewalds3 - 2012-08-29 12:18

    If they go back to school now, most of them will fail this year, anyway. The time bomb has exploded already - make yourself ready for when the shockwave hits you.

      theO rAcLe - 2012-08-29 15:53

      They won't... the minister will just reduce the pass rate.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-08-29 12:19

    yuut league any chance of a march?

  • attie.viljoen.39 - 2012-08-29 12:21

    And yet another goal reached in the struggle to implement the ANC and SACP Driven NDR .... Congratulations. Bleed my beloved country Bleed.

  • FNWitch - 2012-08-29 12:35

    How truly sad. My heart goes out to this children - especially the one's who want to learn.

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-08-29 12:41

    What is this minister doing out of the country when she has enough work here ????

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-29 13:09

      It would appear that it is easier and less dangerous to go to Mauritius than it is to go to the Northern Cape. Why does the Minister of Security not accompany the Angie to these areas of lawlessness.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-08-29 12:43

    Want tar roads? Burn the school down. Ah, Africa.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-29 12:44

    In a few years time we will have another generation of youngsters wondering why they are being "excluded" from the mainstream economy. Our politicians will call it "economic apartheid"

  • pieter.dejongh.52 - 2012-08-29 12:48

    Shows you how scared the ANC is of education. If all voters were properly educated, they would not win the next election. It's a shame, because education is exactly what this country needs.

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-08-29 12:56

    Keep them stupid and blame it on apartheid.Keep struggling comrades!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 12:58

    As long as they don't expect the taxpayer to rebuild them I don't care it if the communities want there school back they can hold classes under tree or build a school out of their own pockets. If the ANC rebuild the school lets just burn them down again until they start listening, we will not improve your lives if you take what you are given for free and destroy it.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-29 13:07

    The ANC palooka government should seriously ask themselves if they did the right thing by bringing liberal views into education, and by ignoring the proven Biblical principles of discipline and responsibility!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-29 13:13

    And the ANC's cadres are making sure after liberation no education as educated people will not vote for the ANC. Beautiful, they are raising an uneducated generation and we will have to import trained people to keep the country running.

      ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 13:33

      we are already, its not just Cuban doctors that are being given free passes into South Africa, but you are spot on in regards to the ANC demanding an uneducated public, they know their ability to retain power rests solely on the ignorance of the masses, If you remember when Russia turned to communism, simply wearing glasses would get you killed, they figured if someone wore glasses they could read and off to the gulag it was, the lucky ones were executed on the spot.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-29 13:28

    I must be stupid, I simply do not understand this - in the so-called "days of apartheid" the ANC-guided youth attacked school principals and teachers and burnt down schools because they "protested" against Bantu-education, in fact, they rejected all education unless they were "liberated". Now, almost 20 years after the revolution and having received the "liberation" they sought, and having had at least 3 black ministers of education who killed off Bantu education and replaced it with a number of "new educational plans" -all, I take it, tailored to suit the needs and abilities of the black pupils (sorry, I meant "learners" because they are so eager to learn), I read of even more attacks on principals and teachers and burning down of schools! I give up - all I can think of is that they just don't want education, all they wanted all along was the "liberation". So, keep the schools closed, send the teachers away to Cuba or some other place where they can learn how to teach proper liberation, and force only those white kids, who are too stupid too know different, into the schools to be educated without being liberated. Who knows, after a while they might also begin to understand something of the NEW South Africa and join their black brothers and sisters in hopping on one foot and burning down schools so that they can be liberated too and have a holiday all year long!

      ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 13:36

      The oppressed never want freedom, they just pretend they do, what they really want it to become the oppressor, as proven by countries like Cuban etc. But you are of course right in your assessment of the current mindset. I say build them their damned tarred road and be done with it, but try rebuild the schools and I will seriously consider burning them down again myself, let them build it themselves with their own money and resources.

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-08-29 13:47

    When the election rolls around, these angry people will trade their children's education, once again, for a couple of free meals and vote anc. How long before they realise the government is feeding them propaganda and apartheid is finished?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-29 15:44

    For goodness sake when is the government going to stop all this protesting striking and start coming down hard on those who vandalise everything. Now is the time, too much violence is breaking out. Surely they cant just sit back an ignore everythig. This little lot are going to make good ANCYL followers, no education, not worth employing will end up being the nations FREE LOADERS.

  • jimmy.paterson.39 - 2012-09-04 12:52


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