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ANCYL arrives at Mathale's offices

2012-08-30 15:01

Polokwane - ANC Youth League protesters arrived at Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale's office in Polokwane on Thursday afternoon.

The group marched to Mathale's office to hand over a memorandum demanding he fire Education MEC Dickson Masemola and deliver textbooks to schools in the province.

Dressed in African National Congress T-shirts they sang: "We are changing [President Jacob] Zuma's government" and "The Youth League must pray for us".

Earlier, the marchers gathered outside Masemola's office to hand a memorandum to him. After waiting for about 30 minutes, they left for the premier's office, saying they would be back later in the day.

Provincial league secretary Jacob Lebogo said the protesters would not hand the memorandum to an unknown official. It had to be to the MEC himself.

"If Dickson [Masemola] wants us to stop education in our schools he must continue with his behaviour," Lebogo said.

The march, which was delayed for over an hour, started under heavy police presence at the SABC park. Officers in about 10 vehicles kept watch.

Pupils of the Moruleng and Mohlakaneng secondary schools, in Seshego outside Polokwane, were bussed to the SABC park to join the march.

The pupils, who were not given permission from the schools to attend the march, carried placards with slogans "We demand jobs" and "Administration must release our province".

The league was also marching against the national government placing five Limpopo departments, including education, under administration in December 2011.

Expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema used to go to Mohlakaneng Secondary.

The education department said it was disappointing that ANCYL members were disrupting schooling.

"The department condemns the disruption of schools for political gains," spokesperson Pat Kgomo said in a statement.

"We want to urge the principals, school governing bodies and parents to urgently report any disruptions to the law enforcement agency, and also appeal to learners to refrain from participating in any event that is not curriculum orientated."

Comments
  • chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-30 15:08

    There has not been any education for the last 8 months, why are they disrupting them now?

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-08-30 15:23

    Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt that they are contributing toward !

  • morama.sebata - 2012-08-30 15:25

    wHAT DOES jULIAS mALEMA'S VISIT HAS TO DO WITH THIS STORY......NEWS24 SUCKS SOMETIMES!!!

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-08-30 15:27

    seriously??? kids in limpopo have already missed half a year of school without textbooks. now ancyl still round kids up for march. ancyl just as braindead as the people they protesting against. mind you, being braindead implies they actually have a brain.

  • graham.horn.505 - 2012-08-30 16:05

    @ michael.vanrheenen.9 I never came from Europe. I come from here and I was here a long time before Malema and anyone in the ANCYL.

  • dawie.vanstaden1 - 2012-08-30 17:18

    I luv it when Malema speaks such crab in public as he did at Aurora Mine, because all around the globe people take note how small his brain is....

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