Motshekga: Grabouw situation not political

2012-03-20 14:18

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga condemned the continuing violence in Grabouw in the Western Cape on Tuesday.

"It is quite sad that residents are misled into believing that government can eradicate the legacy of inhabitable buildings, lack of resources and overcrowding in our schools immediately," she said in a statement.

Residents burned down the Umyezo wama Apile School last week, demanding additional facilities and an end to overcrowding.

Situation ‘not political’

On Monday, protesters also burned down two ward councillors' homes and a municipal building.

"We are working very hard to deal with the situation at that school. My colleague, Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant, has already identified a location for a new school in the area.

"I, therefore, find it unfortunate for residents to vandalise school property and intimidate learners," Motshekga said.

She denied that the disruption of schooling in Grabouw was politically motivated.

"There is absolutely nothing political about the unrest. At the moment, restoring normal learning and teaching at Umyezo wama Apile School should be our main focus, not politicking," Motshekga said.

Police said 21 people were expected to appear in the Grabouw Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of public violence in which 14 people were injured.

Warrant Officer November Filander said police were monitoring the situation on Tuesday, but that no further violence had been reported.

Blacks against coloureds

The Cape Times reported on Tuesday that black and coloured Grabouw residents were guarding their schools against attack from either side following the protests.

Police had to form a human shield to prevent the groups from entering each other's territories.

A man had been attacked by a group of about 15 people, who hit him with rocks and sticks and stabbed him in the shoulder. The group also injured a second man.

Local resident Margaret le Roux told the newspaper: "A group of people [from] the coloured community have taken up a guarding position at the school to make sure the black people do not come damage it.

"In the black area there are groups of people standing on corners and there are people burning tyres."

Another resident, Monyaduwe Molefe, said blacks were retaliating because they were being attacked.

  • Irene - 2012-03-20 14:23

    B.S. No wonder the education in this country is so bad if this is your opinion Angie.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-20 14:50

      Is this not DA country.... So are they waiting for each school to protest before doing something about it?

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-20 14:59

      bluzulu tell me why all the protests over everything in the cape all of a suden and out of the blue? (excuse the pun) and they claim it is not politicly motivated... the d.a. voters arent that stupid i am sure they can see the desperate anc at work.

      Nigel - 2012-03-20 15:04

      Bluzulu, we are not sheep, we know the useless ANC is trying to make things difficult in the WC because they know that the DA will take Gauteng next & is already working on KZN. This is how the useless ANC responds. Take your lies somewhere else.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:11

      @bluzulu, a solution to the problems were already found, this unrest IS politically motivated. there was NO reason for them to protest.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-20 15:18

      Is this a non-compliance to service delivery in a DA province?

      bluzulu - 2012-03-20 15:18

      Political when it suits!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:27

      @bluzulu, I am sure you would really love it to be about non service delivery in a DA run province. But alas, it isn't... Even your beloved ANC have admitted to that.. The DA have already found a solution to this problem, accept it and move on. trying to find fault where there is none is showing your biased mindset and the refusal to see the wood for the trees.

      Trevor - 2012-03-20 15:37

      Bluzulu, you are a dumb idiot, it is the ANC starting a racial war. We just don't go and kill, burn building, because we don't like a councilor. Already the ANC should be charged with war crimes. They are stealing your money that should have been used to better your miserable life. this is a ticking time bomb tick, tock

      bluzulu - 2012-03-20 17:38

      @Trevor and all the other detractors , Once you's start insulting the bluzulu, I know I have won the discussion, Thanks. Try to get your point across with integrity.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-20 14:34

    Why is it that when blacks don't get their way they turn to violence and destruction. Sick!!! Yet they still demand everything for free!

      Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-20 14:41

      And the english, greek and the Portuguese don't?

      bluzulu - 2012-03-20 14:54

      Andrew , remove the blinkers , this phenomenon is across the colour band. Never seen violent protest in Europe and the US. Damn some of these characters go for it after sports events for crying out loud. wake up!!!

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-20 15:04

      no duncan they dont plus those european countrys have great social systems in place... i know my wife and daughter lives in the netherlands. why are the anc not capable of seting proper systems in place to help the people of s.a.? oh wait 80% of the tax money that is being paid by something like only 10% of the population ends up going into corupt facist goverment ovicials pockets!

      makesuthink - 2012-03-20 15:19

      To all of you indigenous bipeds, Bluzulu,Bambanani and Zimbobwe. Just who started the killings remember Piet Retief, who had him and his followers murdered.There were never any of your ancestors at the cape when Van Riebeck landed.

      John - 2012-03-20 15:25

      Please don't complain when people keep on bringing up race Andrew...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:34

      @lindz, European countries most certainly do!!

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-20 15:36

      @ bambanani, You probably didn not learn this at mshadza high, but "our grandfathers" did not "steal everything from blacks" What exactly ia this everything you are refering to?

      Consolata Connie Lodya - 2012-03-20 15:40

      @andrew, why do you feel the need to make everything racial. I'm black, yet i have never destructed anything or been violent towards anyone. If you're gonna judge a whole race based on the actions of some, then dont be surprised when black people call all white people racist based on the actions of some of you during apartheid and the racist comments you're spitting now.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:44

      Well said Consolata...

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-20 15:46

      point blank when they do its world news... here in africa it is a daily ocurance.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-20 15:46

      @ zimbobwe, "zimbobwe...mugabe" Really!? LOL you know these forums/comments sections, mostly people try and learn from each other, by discussing opinions and thoughts. I guess you missed the point, and probably will for the reat of your life. Trying to insult another man by assuming you know the size and condition of what he has in his pants makes you just as doff as FAtboy juju...shame...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 16:38

      @Lindz, that is not what you initially said, "no duncan they dont plus those european countrys have great social systems in place..." It happens more then you think, just because you don't see it on the news doesn't mean it doesn't happen ;)

  • Dennis - 2012-03-20 14:38

    She nearly said it was the fault of apartheid !!! O M G this woman is an afrikaans box !!!

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-20 15:06

      @ bambanani, If you cant see that people still blaming apartheid instead of their own inability to run the country after 17 years, then you should be first in line for the brain-scan bru...

      Herman - 2012-03-20 15:24

      @bambi, you are such an arrogant racist

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:35

      @Bambi, it doesn't belong to you either..

      Nigel - 2012-03-20 15:41

      @ bambanani - its no wonder you are unemployed, you are still waiting for that washing machine that the ANC promised you when you voted for them in 1994. Entitlement won't get you a job sisi, hard work is what earns money. But 1st you need an education.

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-03-20 14:48

    This is a political issue where there haven't been meaningful development in the black areas. The priorities of the government are not in line with the needs of the communities. So long as the politician thinks that community needs are the same- we will have these problems. Further, why buy expensive cars instead of building schools and buy cheaper cars for now?, Why are all politician turn to be business man/woman and their business are with government? Why are politician kids/ families do not use the so called public facilities i.e. Schools and Hospitals? Why do they fly if they visit the rural areas and not use the cars (potholes/ no roads etc)

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:12

      @bheki, the WC government has built 30 new schools in the Western Cape... The Eastern Cape? Failed.

  • schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-20 14:48

    Grabouw situation not political!? BS! This is a small, predominantly farming related community, relativily obscure on a national incident scale, I bet most south Africans have not even heard of Grabouw, let alone know where it is! Nice try Angie... the first thing to do is deny the actual cause of the problem and that will make everyone believe you!? Not! This is absolutely political!

  • Mike - 2012-03-20 14:50

    Very sad. Some people make an effort to improve their schools even with the odds stacked against them, and others will burn their schools down when they don't get given what they DEMAND. An absolute travesty in this economic climate a just proves once again that people hold little value in things they get for free.

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-20 14:55

    Black people will continue to be third class citizens in that province(the western cape) and now the madam is even calling them refugees. Refugees in your own country?? How many people have moved to Gauteng from all provinces in search of better education, jobs and lives and aren't called refugees?

      Nigel - 2012-03-20 15:06

      please provide us with a link where Zille called local blacks refugees, lets see this Duncan!!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:13

      You not using logical thought, you obviously just trying to stir up nonsense..

      Piet - 2012-03-20 17:44

      Aag same old same old, you poor, poor victim, cry me a river...

      Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-20 17:50

      @Nigel ever heard of twitter? Go to twitter and read the madam's tweets.

  • Roland - 2012-03-20 14:56

    Who is misleading these people? Just listen to the rantings of the anc at political rallies and their kindergarten - "foolius" & his cronies? They (the anc) offer free education, free healthcare, free housing - and then wonder why the people get upset when they don't get what they promised. It is pretty sick, as now these people have lesser facilities - even if they were previously overcrowded. Look deeper "minister" and you will find your own anc people doing the disrupting - particularly the yl monsters that you have created.

  • alwynb - 2012-03-20 14:58

    Blacks are flocking to Western cape from elsewhere (that failed to provide) and come squat and then demand everything be supplied and built for them! The coloured communities have been in the Cape a LONG time and don't deserve their communities threatened by the invaders. Go back up North my black brothers where your ANC that you voted for must provide

      Herman - 2012-03-20 15:50

      like locusts, eating and destroying everything. Never producing anything.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-20 17:45

      @ Herman,Who are locust?.... I hope you don't mean Blacks. we were living peacefully with our Environments till the Colonist came and Hunted and killed everything they came across. educate yourself with the Colonist activities pillaging every culture they came across. Look at your ancestors ...Now there are the Locusts you talk about!!!!

      Kim - 2012-03-22 09:15

      Bluzulu,the coloured (khoi) people were here b 4 the blacks,the blacks stole the land from the coloured (Khoi)people b 4 the europeans came 2 south africa,so if any ppl must get the farms thn it mst b the coloured (Khoi)people.

      Kim - 2012-03-22 09:23

      Bluzulu,the coloured (khoi) people were here b 4 the blacks,the blacks stole the land from the coloured (Khoi)people b 4 the europeans came 2 south africa,so if any ppl must get the farms thn it mst b the coloured (Khoi)people.

  • Roy - 2012-03-20 15:04

    This is a political "thing" This corrupt ANC government will do all it can to unseat the DA so that it can once again steal as it did when it ran the Province. Look at what is happening in the rest of the country where the ANC governs,schooling,health,roads,everything is going backward instead of forward. Perhaps the blacks should wake up and realise that the ANC is a bunch of crooks.

  • Nicholastomtom - 2012-03-20 15:05

    I cant stop wondering as to Why the mixed race people want to be called colored and they are one up the non whites. Is this what the DA is all about? Why do they still have such schools at this time and age... Its sickening

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:14

      Huh??? Where did you fall out of?

  • Kathleen - 2012-03-20 15:21

    Basic Minister of Education should know that inhabitable houses mean houses that can be lived in, so there is no reason to riot against the legacy of inhabitable houses.

  • Deon - 2012-03-20 15:24

    It seems some people are stuck in the 90's: "Liberation before education". The ANC should accept that the DA won the Western Cape.

  • Sika - 2012-03-20 15:24

    I quote "It is quite sad that residents are misled into believing that government can eradicate the legacy of inhabitable buildings, lack of resources and overcrowding in our schools immediately," she said in a statement" unquote...So Angie are the masses misled that most Government officials are corrupt? They drive expensice cars, Their childrend do not attend public schools, They have Town houses paid for by the masses? are the most expensive paid public officials? They serve themsevleves instead of the masses? Do what are you deplyed to do and we won't see this...!

  • Herman - 2012-03-20 15:25

    Almost time for African Spring, very close it seems

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-20 15:26

    I would love to know how long the majority of people making trouble here have been residents of Grabouw. You cannot flood an area like a bunch of refugees and accept facilities to pop up overnight. How many of the parents are employed? I can't see Grabouw as the next Johannesburg, unless they are fracking there?

  • Joe - 2012-03-20 15:37

    Well said, there’s no politics here, it’s just Coloured against black and vice versa..that’s all... don't think that by forcing Coloured people to be mixed with blacks that hundreds of years of history will change. Has anybody asked the coloured people of Grabouw is they want to mix with these people from another area, who have another culture, and by the way, will outnumber you 10 to one...? I don't think so.. These people who have been pushed into the Cape from Transkei, are just toys with which the ANC hope to gain more votes. There is NO work for them in the area ,they can’t work on the surrounding farms, they just don’t understand the fruit farming culture. The ruling party has used them for their own greedy aim, they are terrified of the D.A. so , there are Coloured schools in this country, and black schools and so on. There are mozlem and Jewish schools too, by the way. It’s not all hunki dorey..

  • ronzaled - 2012-03-20 15:46

    So i guess they'll never be an article on news24 were readers don't feel the need to throw racial insults/blame at each other whilst trying to get their point across. South Africans (of every race/culture) need to start checking themselves, we all need our country to be a better country for all that lives in it, i don't see how racial insults and at some point plain ignorance and stupidity is going to achieve that.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-03-20 15:50

    @makesuthink if Jan van Riebeck didn't land at the Cape and took advantage of the xhosa, bushman and hottentots women we wouldn't be having this colored and black thing. The truth is he contributed to separating our own people through his evil deeds of taking advantage of the poor and uneducated masses just like Malema is doing. They are all the same!!!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-20 16:51

      Not to worry Zimbobwe. With the rate of rape in our communities and on our farms, the pendulum is swinging rapidly in the opposite direction. Those raped on farms are killed afterwards - perhaps to ensure racial purity? Your comment is asinine and uniformed. My standard answer: go read some History, please.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-03-20 17:19

      @TaniaSandraSteyn I will say it again the history you are talking about was written by you and Jan van Riebeck. Why should I believe him after what he did to the indegenous women??? Obviously he will hide the truth and write what you like which is lies!!! News24 delete again!!!

      Piet - 2012-03-20 17:45

      Shame you poor, poor, poor victim. SHAME!!!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-21 00:06

      Zim, what you propose would have happened in SA 350 yrs ago. Have you ever seen a rock painting showing a reddish White raping a Native women? The "women of colour" that you refer to were slaves from the East. Most were accepted as proper wives (remember in those days, women were slaves in every way - irrespective of colour). I urge you to read World History. You are not unique in feeling the way you do. Many people who arrived here in the 17th and 18th centuries were persecuted in their own Countries because of their religious convictions. Read!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-20 16:02

    Hate breeds hate breeds hate Hate breeds hate breeds hate Hate breeds hate breeds hate

  • Alice - 2012-03-20 16:02

    They are indenial, ANC threw up R100 million for celebration party. With that amount of money they could build five public schools and equip them well. Anyway a provincial government is suppose to be in charge of this. DA only caters for whites and coloured in the Western Cape, they don't give a rat's @as about blacks, that is why I will never vote for any political party in SA.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-03-20 16:03

    @Schalk.mattheys pls tell me if there is anything to learn from this comment as you say we learn from other people's opinios??? "Andrew - March 20, 2012 at 14:34 Report comment Why is it that when blacks don't get their way they turn to violence and destruction. Sick!!! Yet they still demand everything for free!"

      Zimbobwe - 2012-03-20 17:16

      News24 you are starting with you bias of deleting my comments neh! Why mara???

  • Andrew - 2012-03-20 16:04

    Duncan and Bluzulu. You obviously come from the ANC education system. If you read everyday the press or for that matter the ANC mouthpiece, the SABC you would surprisingly notice that this is happening across the length and breadth of RSA on a daily basis where these protests occur, schools are burnt and council houses as well. It never stops and yet the self same people keep voting for a Govt. that steals all the time and delivers nothing other than to themselves. Also do not compare it to Greece, Portugal etc. as these are isolated and directed specifically against the govts. for their austerity measures. Very different to here.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 16:41

      No Andrew, Europeans riot over the same things we do, i.e. higher education fees, police brutality, lack of services.. Don't fool yourself into thinking this is a "black" thing, that just shows your sheer racist mindset..

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-20 21:59

      how many braincells do you have currently? when people are engry with government what do they do to public property?

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-20 16:06

    Only because you are ANC Angie, what you think we all stupid like you??

  • Ian - 2012-03-20 16:08

    "Residents burned down the Umyezo wama Apile School last week, demanding additional facilities and an end to overcrowding" The mentality is amazing. You burn down facilities to demand additional facilities..... help me out here but... I don't know what to say... stupidity

  • Cilliers - 2012-03-20 16:26

    Kudos to both Angie Motshega and Donald Grant to not further politicise the issue, and attempting to constructively cooperate in the interest of education generally, and learners involved in particular. If brought home to the parents, and established as a rule of conduct between the DA and the ANC, this approach will ameliorate the potential of racial conflict in such cases and immeasurably improve prospects of school education is SA.

  • Jim - 2012-03-20 16:33

    Hey Angie - wake up to the real world - the failure in education falls directly in the door of the Government (and latterly your door) since 1994. All the deviations into "Outcomes Based Education" etc have come to nothing - see Prof Jansen (who I deeply respect for his realistic reviews) on Carte Blanche last Sunday if you need a referral - Listen to the first year Uni students - they told the story very clearly. Get back to reality and FIRE the people who are not working for the education of our pupils who are the FUTURE?? of South Africa

  • hilton.baartman - 2012-03-20 16:38

    I find some of the comments plain daft on here. Did you even read the article? Mosthekga's actually for the first time made a proper statement. Funny, even Donald said what she said yesterday on enews. Zille was the one who brought politics into this when it is a service delivery issue.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-20 17:31

    yah its about service delivery...ding ding...better schools are basic needs...

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-20 17:35

      its political if its in DA terriotory, service delivery if its in ANC teriotory...get over yourself and do something important like sleeping...

  • Andrew - 2012-03-20 18:12

    I hope you critics of my comments watched the news at 18.00hrs. this evening. Say no more!!!!

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