Cape Town pupils protest alleged corruption

2012-07-18 11:34

Cape Town - While the nation celebrated former leader Nelson Mandela's birthday on Wednesday, pupils at a Cape Town school named after him had a lot less to cheer about, the Congress of SA Students said.

"No learning is happening here today. The pupils are doing a stay-away because their principal returned to school on Monday after claims of maladministration and corruption," Cosas provincial secretary Samkelo Mqomboti said.

Around 2 500 pupils from Dr Nelson Mandela High in Crossroads milled around corridors and outside classrooms, refusing to be taught.

Mqomboti said they were doing their best to make sure violence did not erupt, after a previous protest in March left facilities in flames and the automated gate off its hinges.

The pupils were unhappy with the way principal Linda Mnothoza was running the school, claiming they were asked to pay a R100 deposit for textbooks, when the facility was a "no-fee" school.

A member of the school's pupil committee, who did not want to be named, told Sapa corporal punishment was still in existence.

"There are beatings with a stick, on the hands. The school was like a dictatorship for the previous years and the other participating governing bodies did nothing. The principal was basically the governing body," he said.

The boy said he was sure Mandela would be proud of the pupils' protest action.

"He would be happy because he's a freedom fighter. We're fighting for our rights again."

The school and education department were not immediately available for comment.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-18 11:40

    well at least you have books & the school is trying to discipline the kids, but refusing to be taught...sounds like they don't want to learn, don't be ungrateful, kids in Limpopo don't even have books & whats a R100 for a years worth of books, sounds to me like they are just a bunch of ungrateful brats taking full advantage of Madibas birthday celebration.

      Michaele - 2012-07-18 12:13

      I remember in the 1970's how we used to protest, burn schools, not pay school fees and the like. And this was at the local "white" school in Florida, Roodepoort.....don't you remember...We would have been placed into reformed school if we demonstrated such antics. Pathetic I say!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-18 12:15

      Silly kids taking the "wrong" walk to freedom.Fix South Africa's not up to standard "education" system and then they'll be on the right path to bettering themselves.Also these students claim the principal,Linda Mnothoza, is a bit of p**ph*l the way she runs things over there,so why not investigate what's said of her in those claims and see what comes off it.Will do nobody any harm doing that.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-07-18 12:16

      which is why Prof Jansen said that the Tail is Wagging the Dog....

  • - 2012-07-18 11:44

    I agree with been punishment when kids misbehave this no discipline is essential, but if they been asked for money for text books when they are free.. the principle either needs to explain this if she is guilty needs to resign and criminal chargers need to taken against her.

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-07-18 11:59

      Do you even understand the meaning of 'deposit'? IF the little buggers didn't rip out pages, scribble obscene graffiti on them, or otherwise destroy their FREE books, they would get the money back. The real issue is that they were obviously incapable of maintaining their books and hence, could not receive their R100 back. That is not 'corruption', my friend, that is the result of kids being under the South African education system for 12 years; stupidity!

  • andrew.mckenzie.566 - 2012-07-18 11:53

    Deposit for books. Good. Bring the books back and you're money is returned. If you behave you don't have to fear corporal punishment. Easy isnt it?

      michelle.r.archer - 2012-07-18 11:59

      So true Why do some people feel that they are entitled to "everything free" Deposits will ensure that textbooks are returned. And if you don't behave - dan kry jy 'n snotklap. And if you don't like it, find another school where the above rules do not apply. No wonder there is a "crisis in education" It's a case of "gimme gimme gimme" And nothing gets given back in return. Enough already!!!!!!!

  • templar.known - 2012-07-18 11:58

    Yes indeed, return the books in good condition after the exams and you get your R100 back, what's the problem? This culture of protesting against everthing you don't agree with will yet bring this country to its knees.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-18 12:40

      The country is already on its knees..

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-18 13:38

      @PointBlank I disagree with that sir.DA controlled Cape Town is definitely not on its knees,far from it.In fact it's doing rather well under the current circumstances,despite the negativity this headline gives to the City.So please you need to be a little bit more selective when passing judgement on "all of South Africa" as a whole and not put us all in the same basket like craps in a barrel.We folks in the Western Cape would like to think our standard of living puts to bed the stereotypes people have of our country as a whole through the DA's good governance.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-18 11:59

    Get back to class! If you are still being taught, you have desks, you have text books, then your fight is for naught. A "deposit" means you get your money back when you return your books at the end of the year. When I was at school we had the same policy as students would end up throwing their textbooks away, destroy them over the course of the year, deface them or burn them at the end of the year. We had a register that would be filled in at the beginning of the year which had a grade symbol for the condition of the books handed out, if they came back with more "wear and tear" than was acceptable or not returned at all, you wouldn't get your deposit back. I think this is fair. The deposit should however be kept in an interest bearing account which should all be returned whern the books come back. Everybody wins, especially the following years students.

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-18 11:59

    Well they can stay at home and join the long ques of the unemployed in a few years time. Its their choice. Meanwhile the whitey's they will be complaining about later are gogin to school. R100 cannot be considered "school fess" - it is even not enough as a book deposit!

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-18 12:01

    "Mandela would be proud of the protest" Have you asked him???

  • Hermann - 2012-07-18 12:04

    That is it, after liberation no education. All they know is entitlement the bunch of gimmees.

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-18 12:09

    Stupidity has become an art form in this country.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-18 12:11

    Nothing wrong with getting hit with a stick..did no harm to me!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 12:17

      Stick, sjambok - tomaeto, tomarto

  • Tishan - 2012-07-18 12:12

    i am sure they are not aware what deposit means..we need competent teachers. basic education should do this 1) take a deposit for the books. will be refunded if books are returned in same condition when received 2) make parents sign forms to accept responsibility for childs behaviour

  • Billy - 2012-07-18 12:16

    oh dear, so protesting and freedom fighting is the messege you got from mandela. im pretty certain he didnt mean that for children, you must go back to class and learn some more. Corporal Punishment.. i am all for that, misbehaving children that push boundries need a hiding sometimes. the R100 is a deposit, you get it back if you look after your textbooks. in any case, if the entire school is unhappy with the principle, then something has to change. i remember some mediocre principles, i also remember ones people looked up to, never one that everyone hated. then again, what are the teachers feelings toward the principle. i wonder if the ancyl had a few words with some of the school's pupil commitee

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-18 12:25

      its a PRINCIPAL Billy, why many pronounce it as principle still beats the hell out of me!

      Billy - 2012-07-18 12:36

      lol thanks, i actually know that, just a tad lazy when it comes to spelling and grammar. sorry man

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-07-18 12:19

    Aaah! The beautifull days of corporal punishment. The days when disrespecting your teacher wouldn't even cross your mind,well it would, but then you'll have your a** handed to you on a plate. Banning it was a huge mistake in my opinion. Yes there were those that went overboard,unfortunately,but I think they could've dealt with those few individuals.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-18 12:24

    Learn the meaning of the word 'deposit' you fools.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-18 12:26

    Finish school or you are setting yourself up for failure. Up to 50% of pupils that start school does not finish school within 12 years. It is a disgrace.

  • Henk - 2012-07-18 12:27

    The Truth is a beach ne NEWS24. Black kids doing their thing again. You do not see white kids behaving like this now do you?

      andrew.martin.71619533 - 2012-07-18 12:53

      mmampho.....this is not Europe.

  • celtis.africana - 2012-07-18 12:27

    What concerns me is that the kid they quoted wants to be a freedom fighter as his Mandela icon. Well that is leaving the wrong impression with the kids. What about the reconciliation that Mandela contributed? Why not be like that? Problem is that the legacy Mandela leaves is freedom fighter for the African youth and a reconciliatory person for the rest of the world. People with a desire for fighting that live in a peaceful society will turn to conflict and crime.

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-07-18 12:49

      The ANC is very bluntly conveying the message that people should fight against things that they don't like. It's a dangerous message, and a total twisting of what they supposedly did against apartheid. That is unless, they fought against apartheid just because they didn't like being told what to do by whitey, and all those flowery words about fighting for the rights of everyone and doing the right thing against a morally repugnant system that dehumanized all the participants, black and white alike by reducing them to a skin tone were just empty phrases designed to win the world over to their cause. Let history be the judge!

  • Michael - 2012-07-18 12:35

    Will be forever,till the end of days suffering.

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-07-18 12:35

    There are millions of children and their parents throughout Africa who would be ecstatic to pay a deposit of R100 for an education.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-18 12:42

    Oh boy, forever the victim...

  • mmampho - 2012-07-18 12:42

    N24, this video is old news, and gangsterism in crossroads is not a problem lately compared to Hanover park. This happened 18 months ago.Come on now! you have nothing to report about these days.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-18 13:17

      It's a blurb from past news. If you checked the date above the video you would see the following: 2012-03-12 08:39 Eye's wide open :)

  • charmain.nel.7 - 2012-07-18 12:45

    why the big fuzz over mandela he is just a person but the world thinks he is bigger than GOD thank goodness i can t stand the man

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-18 13:29

      @Dyecha You "can't stand the man".What's Mandela ever done to you personally to deserve such a bitter stance from you?If the world thinks of him as a "God" so what,that's their problem not his.He never asked to labelled as such.In fact he is anything but a GOD, just a respectable member of our society who happens to be held by some people around the world in very high esteem.Nothing wrong with that honestly. You don't have to like or accept that.Either way today is his birthday celebrations and people other than his immediate family feels it necessary to share in his special moment.Just live with that and move on.

  • tempisfugit - 2012-07-18 12:57

    Oh dear! And these are our future leaders... thought the current ones were scraping the bottom of the barrel... REAL shallow end of the gene pool

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-18 13:39

    I must have HIT a comment is deleted...the TRUTH must hurt

  • Matthew - 2012-07-18 13:45

    Despite thinking them ungrateful.R100 deposit for text books? um...*cough* another story to add to the text book sage.they shouldnt be paying a cent ladies and gentleman,wether they are grateful or why is the principal saying the must pay deposit? money into the pocket =/ And corpral punishment in every form,as much as i think it should still be allowed, Is NOT why are they being hit with wooden rulers? The circumstances of how and when they brought this to light isnt the best i know.but there is valididity in what they're saying =/

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-18 16:03

      You obviously have never experienced the disrespect and destructiveness that can be caused by a child to items that have been lent to him / her. you need to ask the question, "How many students who have paid the deposit and returned their text books, have not received their deposits back?" before stating the principal is corrupt. You also need to ask what the merits of the alleged corporal punishment are. How many students have been assaulted and who had they reported this to and at what stage. The situation warrants an investigation but jumping to conclusions and attacking the principal and teachers based on nothing more than hyped up allegations by students running amok in a school does no good and if these allegations are false will only serve to negatively impact on that principal and school. I'll wait for more facts before drawing any fruther conclusions.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-18 14:33

    "refusing to be taught"...and proud of it? Perhaps this is what sets Africa apart from the rest of the world.

  • dumine.jacobs - 2012-07-19 15:16

    You know, back in my day children didn't dare leave the class room for any reason. Imagine if we protested in this way because we didn't "like" the principal. That's like saying we're burning the school down because the principal is too strict. She's probably trying her best to discipline these hooligans and teach them some respect for their books. They'll get the money back if they return the books in order. Between teachers not wanting to teach and children not wanting to learn - no wonder the education system is in chaos!

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