Hogan urges youth to do more than march

2012-07-10 11:05

Johannesburg - South Africa's young people must mobilise and start holding the government accountable, former education minister Barbara Hogan has said.

"Rather than holding marches, marches and marches, students need to find much more innovative ways of organising," The Times on Tuesday quoted Hogan saying.

"If money is not flowing properly [in an education department], they need to go to the financial office and demonstrate."

She was speaking at non-governmental organisation Equal Education's national conference in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni on Monday.

"It cannot be said that just because things were bad in apartheid doesn't mean we cannot say things are bad now. Democracy always has to be strengthened and fought for."

Hogan's comments followed the North Gauteng High Court ruling in May that the department's failure to provide textbooks to Limpopo schools violated the Constitution. The application was brought by rights organisation Section 27.

Some pupils had been without textbooks for the past six months because the department failed to order books on time last year. The department was ordered to devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of the delay, and to supply the affected schools with textbooks by June 15.

The department failed to meet the court's deadline, but Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said her department met with Section 27 and agreed to move the deadline to June 27.

  • lesley.tucker.7 - 2012-07-10 11:13

    Barbara Hogan - my hero!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-10 12:12

      we youf does mis yu!

      neil.vanheerden.39 - 2012-07-10 13:46

      You missed one thing Babara.. They don't just march, they love pelting stones as well.

  • Phillip - 2012-07-10 11:47

    Are you suggesting a march against yourself, Barbara? Aren't you the ANC?The misguided Julius Malema urged his misguided youth to march against government corruption - do you not see the similarity, or the irony (if irony were the issue)?

  • Koos - 2012-07-10 11:59

    I beg of you Mrs. Hogan to urgently change the heading to “Hogan urges youth to do more than march and not to recklessly make babies”.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-07-10 12:07

    Like ....... they're going to listen?!?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-10 12:21

    Tell it as it is Barbara. You're a chip of the old ANC block.

  • blou.bul.94 - 2012-07-10 12:25

    Former education minister? I thought she was the previous minister of HEALTH and PUBLIC ENTERPRISES?

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-10 12:26

    Marching is the only language politicians understand. The youth have always been taught to take to the streets to resolve matters, info bill = march, youth fund = march, e-tolling = march, salary increase = march, incorrect billing = march, service delivery = march. Democracy was earned because of marches, and negotiations. Barbara, please tell us one innovative way to negotiate with politicians.

      Ze Don - 2012-07-10 12:47

      That's easy! If they don't deliver on their promises or renege on their responsibilities, vote for a different party in the next election. That is the ONLY way you can keep a politician remotely honest and responsible. This concludes you democracy 101 lecture ;-)

  • - 2012-07-10 12:36

    My question is, why did it take six months before this thing got sorted out. Don't they have school principals, inspectors, etc, who can follow the chain of command up to the minister? Or are they all just useless cadres who want a job, but not work?

  • Issa - 2012-07-10 12:43

    I am supporting the lady, marches has seen many injuries, and some deaths - to youth and the aged, either through police shooting or marchers themselves. I can also advice the youth including myself that if I got a problem to do with the government I must seek information and get proper medium to communicate my problem - be it house or grant. Phansi with toyi toying - we are tired, the more we toyi toyi the more we are isolated and taken as fools.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-07-10 13:00

    Shouldn't they have known this EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO when they STARTED SCHOOL???

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-10 13:06

    Talk is cheap......former!!! minister.....What is your legacy to the youth of South Africa or the Education Structures???? Zero...Nothing!!!

  • dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-10 14:06

    problem is that this advice will fall on deaf ears. the 'youth' and their parents love a march and an opportunity to destroy, loot, fling stones and become a public nuisance. there is an innate violence in this grouping. holding government accountable at election time and expressing views in a decent manner is far too civilised. barbara - stop wasting your time with sensible advice - the audience are just too crass to listen or take heed.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-10 14:27

    marches and awareness campaigns are impotent actions, they are like praying, noone hears it other than you and unless you go out and make it happen you will just sit and wait.

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