ANC to fight Western Cape school closures

2012-10-17 09:34

Cape Town - The ANC in the Western Cape has vowed to take court action against the provincial education department over the closure of 20 schools, the Cape Argus reported on Wednesday.

"We will take this to the top. No court in South Africa can say we don't have a case. Rest assured this is not an idle threat," said ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman.

"What is more telling is the fact that unviable and struggling former model C schools were not included in this irregular hunt."

He said this issue went beyond party politics.

Provincial education MEC Donald Grant announced the school closures on Tuesday, adding that seven schools originally earmarked for closure would remain open.

A pupil at Zonnebloem Nest Secondary told the newspaper she was extremely happy her school would remain open.

"This is the only school my parents can afford that offers drama and Spanish classes," she said.

It was a different story at Beauvallon Secondary, where pupils were given letters notifying them of their school closure.

Principal Henry Hockey said transferring his pupils from Valhalla Park to Bishop Lavis would ignite gang wars and children would get caught up in it.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-10-17 09:44

    Fransman, the expert on education.

      gaius.longinus.9 - 2012-10-17 10:04

      anc - experts on NO education

      johny.stront - 2012-10-17 14:18

      Damm... This Guy is getting fatter by the Day!! Must love gravy!!

  • jan.chrzciciel.9 - 2012-10-17 09:46

    I'll believe the ANC's bona fides when they get rid of an incompetent cabinet minister or 2 or 3 or 4 ...

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-10-17 09:47

    piss off anc.

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-17 10:20

      Thats my party you idiot.

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-17 10:41

      Yes Poliodonkey - you are a loooooser! You belong to and vote for a proven criminal party..Your ANC are just a bunch of common thieves and you a sucker cause you still live in a shack and they stinking rich Your Minister of Education should have resigned long ago or better yet been fired are well aware of the Limpopo Text book epic fail But I suppose for you that standard African practice hey... You are a complete and utter twat!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 10:44

      @Poloyatonki1.lee ...... and your downfall .....

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-17 11:12

      jeremy... ANC did a lot for me, I got a free RDP house, we got clinics, schools, police stations and we use to have gravel roads in my township during apartheid. My life is better under ANC than it was during apartheid.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-17 13:15

      poly - take your party and shove it. don't loose your voice now...! COME comment on the link - jerk

  • althea.meintjies - 2012-10-17 09:47

    If my memory serves me right then the ANC are also busy with school closures in the Northern Cape, so why does the ANC want to stop the DA in Westerern Cape doing exactly what they are doing in the Northern Cape? Doesn't make sense...nothing makes sense anymore

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-17 10:21

      Give us link please, unless you have memory of a rat.

      p.borchard - 2012-10-17 11:00

      Donkey - someone else posted this link out of the Sowetan (NOTE NOT A 'WHITE' NEWSPAPER - read it and weep "THE government has over the past five years shut down more than 4,500 public schools in the country - and hundreds more are facing closure"

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-17 11:02

      Just go to www.poliodonkeydafttwatanc/

      JamesMWood - 2012-10-17 11:26

      Then there is also the 11000 teachers in the ANC controlled eastern cape that are going to lose their jobs. Show on ANC province that is doing half as well as the WC and I'll show you 7 that aren't.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 11:42

      @Ponkie Diel With compliments of ronaldo.d.santana.5 With your eyes like a mole (umwuguzane)

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-17 13:13

      poly - lost your voice? jerk

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-17 13:26

      Do you notice how these trolls never respond once you have proven your argument?

  • surfing.sam.9 - 2012-10-17 09:48

    Why not mention this, He said pupils would be transferred to schools that offered better opportunities. Where necessary and possible, the department would assist with school uniforms, transport and feeding. If a pupil was moving from a no-school fee school to one charging fees, the department would cover the fees for 2013. The department also would cover the difference in cases where fees were more expensive. "Where necessary, the department will also assist parents to apply for fee exemptions for future years." Parents were encouraged to read the plan for their affected school for further details. The principals and staff of the schools to be closed would be transferred appropriately.

  • Proudly Me - 2012-10-17 09:51

    "Principal Henry Hockey said transferring his pupils from Valhalla Park to Bishop Lavis would ignite gang wars and children would get caught up in it" - So lets give them a substandard worthless education instead, then they can join the gangs after they finish school. Adress your own incomptence before you open your mouth baberbek....

  • lydonmcg - 2012-10-17 09:55

    Bwaaaaaahahahahaha. Don't insult Western Cape voters' intelligence, please. We see right through you.

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-17 09:56

    Good form ANC! it seems like you may care...but the ANC can't even deliver text books to all who need them, 20 fewer schools should be a relief!

  • alan.gernet - 2012-10-17 09:58

    Good to see that the 'madam' is still a massive thorn in the side of the muppets....

      mervin.vanwyk - 2012-10-17 11:35


  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-17 09:59

    And what about the schools Grant has OPENED in Western Cape? It's time Fransman and ANC trouble-makers made a positive contribution to the province. They're wasting time and money, which could be better spent on educating children.

      mervin.vanwyk - 2012-10-17 11:37


  • Gill McCain - 2012-10-17 09:59

    Spanish lessons ! What the f... If there are thousands of children moving into cities every year common sense dictates that there are fewer pupils in rural schools - duh. So use resources to provide a decent education for the majority where it is needed.

      zybt99 - 2012-10-17 10:02

      Do you even know what is going on or are you a hot air artist?

      malcolm.dale - 2012-10-17 10:48

      Don't the Cubans speak Spanish Gill? There it is then, hey? If you can't get into a SA university - off you go to Cuba. Next they'll be asking for one of the Chinese dialects- Cantonese or Mandarin - to be introduced. Come to think of it we had all better brush up on a Chinese dialect hadn't we?

      p.borchard - 2012-10-17 11:04

      Gill, that absolutely essential subject ' SPANISH ' also caught my eye. FFS - can this child, sorry. learner, even do basic math or read? But please, don't ever be as terrible as taking away her free spanish classes!!!

      wesley.fick - 2012-11-21 12:40

      I love the fact that the school offers learners the opportunity to learn foreign languages. The two most useful ones are Spanish and French. Along with English, you could go almost anywhere in the world with those three. Giving kids the opportunity of a broad education and knowledge and equipping them for the real world is something all schools should aspire to. Give them the opportunity to leave the country and work elsewhere in the world, but welcome them when they come back armed with more knowledge and experience, ready to improve things back at home.

  • jwilter - 2012-10-17 10:07

    Mr Fransman or anyone else - please let me know which are the 'unviable and struggling former model C schools' that 'were not included in this irregular hunt'. Then I will be prepared to listen to your arguments.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-17 10:07

    Why doesn't the Dept. of Public Works donate some of the surplus millions they have and make sure the schools stay open????They spent R247K on President Zuma's holiday home and have many properties standing empty decaying!!!!!!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-17 10:18

    The process is political motivated - close down the anc dominated schools

      kimard - 2012-10-17 10:47

      lick the drivel off your upper lip - 80% of schools are anc driven in your country!

  • Dhavandran - 2012-10-17 10:19

    cANCer get this into your thick heads. this is a move for sustainaibility and the provision of a quality education within the anc uncle gordhan's stifiling budget to non anc provinces. the da has given assurances with assistance transport, uniforms, transfers and intergration. now whats the problem ? ah these are not empty assurances like the ones dished out by the anc before elections. the da has proven that they can rule and be accountabile as a government , unlike you know who. imgagine quality education in fully manned schools with the appropriate numbers instead of quanity without any facilities such as toilets, water , electricity, textbooks............. the da is doing the economical and logistic to please uncle godharn so that in the next taxyear he can double his spending on meals for his bosses to 10billion.

  • ken.koen - 2012-10-17 10:22

    In the rest of the civilised world, they build huspitals and schools, as well as maintain and preserve the ones they have. Here they close them down, or even burn them and demolish them. Thats what you call regress.

  • magda.harmse - 2012-10-17 10:24

    Why worry about the western cape when there are schools who doesn't even have textbooks? Sort out that first, where people don't get an education instead of worrying where an education is still provided.

  • jenny.smithvos - 2012-10-17 10:27

    Think I'll just let him know personally what I think of his mentality.

  • leigh.legonidec - 2012-10-17 10:31

    Mr Fransman, if we wanted your opinion or maladministration, we would have voted for you, we DIDN'T, so we DON'T are the weakest link, GOODBYE! or as the same of you mates would say, "jy's doff..v@& off!"

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-17 10:40

    Close down the anc dominated schools - intergrate them 2 other schools so they will brainwashed by Da youth. End of anc generation.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 13:58

      They don't need the DA Youth to do that, the "End of anc generation" is nigh.

  • louw.pretorius.54 - 2012-10-17 10:44

    Fransman said they will go to the "streets" to fight this schools closure. SO AT LAST THE ANC ADMITS THEY ARE BEHIND ALL THIS STONE THROWING, BURNING OF PROPERTY IF YOU WANT WHAT YOU DEMAND.

      kimard - 2012-10-17 10:49

      civilians of SA - I WANT syndrome government of SA - I TAKE syndrome

  • mervin.vanwyk - 2012-10-17 10:45

    So why doesn't any of the ANC members took the chance to adress this at the debate,when DA want's to do something then the ANC is always there to reply to it but here is the chance so why are Zuma and his cabinet scared to take the debate.

      mmaphongwana - 2012-10-17 13:52

      What was the debate all about,economy or closure of coloured schools?,why debate with someone who jumps over her house's dirt unfixed,ANC is a majority and a ruling party yes until u wake your forefathers to take you back where you belong,ANC will forever rule,just get used to that.

  • kombisa.mbakaza - 2012-10-17 10:48

    I wish South Africans could stop politicizing non-political issue. Administrative rearrangement to optimally utilize limited resources becomes prudent from time to time. If any formation within the civil society is serious about provision of education they should first take to the streets in both Limpopo

  • mervin.vanwyk - 2012-10-17 10:52

    Lerato i have to say i thought that all of us had enough of the empty promises of the anc,at least the DA wants to do something for us in CPT,but as we all know anc has the final say in general so why dont you call your DAD ZUMA and tell him to take Helen ZILLE'S offer to do the debate he got nothing to lose

  • abie.wantza.9 - 2012-10-17 11:00

    And in the meantime the upgrade to Zumaville has just gone up with millions & millions of taxpayers money. Worry about that you gold watch / gold bracelet / yellow shirt wearing wannabee cape flats gangster.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-17 11:04

    FFS!!!!!!!! Can the ANC just impload already!! Can they rather take themselves to court for destroying education in this country!!!

  • abie.wantza.9 - 2012-10-17 11:06

    Let's see if Fransman will still be the provincial leader of the anc in the western cape after the next election when he again will fail to deliver the coloured vote for his party.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 14:26

      Abie.wantza.9. Yes and since they only wanted him for the coloured vote, he will fail again. cope next?.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-17 11:29

    The ANC want to keep the schools open because they want the kids don't get a decent education there so there is no future threat for the ANC. And they use to complain about 'gutter education' back in the day.

      mmaphongwana - 2012-10-17 12:02

      Just carefully read your comment,where did you attend grade 1-12 dear because what I'm reading here doesn't make any sense,the same will happen to those poor kids...think again b4 defending stupid moves by DA k

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 14:28

      Mmaphongwana. How does it make you feel to insult people you don't even know?.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-17 12:34

    Fransman......What a cake, but of course more proof of the ANC having lost the plot before they even started, as for gangs, the police are there to sort that out, Hellen do your thing and sort out the scum in your province

  • sphala - 2012-10-17 12:38

    @Peterjeff and Vanwyk.....your lucky boys, news24 just deleted MMaphongwana's comment, I know bunch of dullard people like you claiming to be pedagogy but commenting out of content, how can truperies like you talk about better understanding of economy or education and cathexis others, we know some of you didn't even go to University but your busy emitting noise here...I have nice and wise white friends I know not imbecile like you.

  • chaze.damonze - 2012-10-17 13:25

    Why does the ANC dwell on the fact that schools are being closed and ignore the fact that there are new schools being developed?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-17 14:16

    Mister Fransman, the only one not sick and tired of this clown is himself. He has had every political party there is and everytime he doesn't get a leading position he switch sides. Who for heaven's sake take him seriously?.

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