Northern Cape schoolkids eat from buckets

2013-04-10 10:32

Bloemfontein - Child care experts have expressed shock after learning how pupils at a high school in the Northern Cape were forced to eat out of buckets with their hands.

A shortage of bowls at the Boresetse High School in Barkly East apparently led to children being fed from buckets, reported the Diamond Fields Advertiser.

Child welfare organisation Childline visited the school recently and was shocked at these conditions.

Naomi Dube, director of Childline, told how boys carried buckets around and determined how much food the other children could get.

“According to the older learners, this system has been in operation for the past five years already.”

Dube also raised questions about the quality and quantity of the food. She said volunteers prepared the food but the children decided how to distribute it.

“The situation is disturbing and unacceptable. There is also a heavy sewage stench hanging over the area.”

Dube said during their visit there was also evidence of corporal punishment, verbal abuse and bullying.

Childline said the food bucket system was a gross infringement of basic constitutional, human and children rights.

“Several rights, such as the right to be treated with dignity, are clearly absent in this situation. The right to a clean and safe environment is also non-existent,” she said.

The principal apparently “had an attitude” and refused to talk to Childline and the matter was reported to the authorities.

The education department as well as a social worker have said conditions at the school would be investigated.

  • Corne Coetzee - 2013-04-10 10:41

    And you shall be judged by the way you treat your children..........

      Zohan Steppingstone - 2013-04-10 12:14

      Relax, those Neanderthals in government also eat out of buckets, KFC buckets.

      Werner Nel - 2013-04-10 12:53

      No Doubt the Head of Department drives a BMW X5 or similar vehicle, but there is no money for the starving children....

      Tums Down - 2013-04-10 17:07

      Move them all to the western cape!!! The only reason these people are where they are is becaus eof group areas act... Put them in the really nice areas of the western cape...

  • Marlene Matos - 2013-04-10 10:48

    Shocking !! I wonder if the principal would eat out of that same bucket ??

      Zohan Steppingstone - 2013-04-10 12:15

      He has his own bucket of KFC.

  • John Wilson - 2013-04-10 10:49

    Barkley east is in the EASTERN CAPE not the Northern Cape. Is the rest of the story factually correct???

      Vickie van der Walt - 2013-04-10 11:11

      John Wilson Barkley WEST is in the Northern Cape.

      alison.scheppel - 2013-04-10 11:42

      @Vicki, if you read the article they say Barkly East, not West - a huge difference. John was merely pointing out factual errors

  • Pradesh Singh - 2013-04-10 10:52

    VIVA ANC - LOL what a joke , hope people learn from this and use their head in the next election!!

      Pradesh Singh - 2013-04-10 10:54

      County is gone from bad to worse, and the sad thing is we head of stories like this almost daily now in SA

      Nigel Burgess - 2013-04-10 11:22

      Pradesh - sadly history has shown us the people will not learn and they will continue to vote ANC thus keeping them in power until Jesus comes. It is very sad, but currently this is all we have to look forward to.

      Bontle Gape - 2013-04-10 11:29

      I doubt those kids voted, they don't qualify, even if their parents didn't vote for ANC the majority that voted for it we suffer thanx to them,you think all blacks suffer because they voted for ANC?

      Kenny Grass - 2013-04-10 11:35

      The funds for the toilets,food,plates,knives and forks wen't into Zoomers Kraal.

      Leslie Erasmus - 2013-04-10 11:39

      @Bontle,i would say 80% blacks suffer...

      Pradesh Singh - 2013-04-10 11:55

      Bontle Gape - No where in the article or in my comment is Race mentioned. We all Suffer as a result of the ANC not just one race(except the ANC Government members)

      Ygivadamn - 2013-04-10 12:01

      Did it ever strike you that maybe it has gone from worse-to-bad which is an improvement for these people...may before they din't even have a bucket and now they have a bucket with food. I'm not saying some are ok, but maybe u think they are bad because we were privileged not to have exposure to this....and now know the reality that government alone can't even dent this scourge.

  • Patsy Smith - 2013-04-10 10:56

    Is this govt trying to degrade its people. How CAN they be so cruel???

      Nigel Burgess - 2013-04-10 11:23

      Yes and how can the people be so accepting of what their government does to them?

  • bill.mitchell.98837 - 2013-04-10 10:57

    The school is in Barkley West The education dept is in hell

  • monique.jackson0 - 2013-04-10 10:58

    No disrespect to Hani and his family, but It's more important for Zuma and the ANC to spend the day at the TWENTY YEAR anniversary of Hani's death in Boksburg than deal with real issues like this. So tired of the ANC dwelling on the past. MOVE ON and grow this country! Build schools and roads and deal with current issues. These days it seems like the ANC will use any excuse to order a few Johnny Blue's and have a jol with their fellow corrupt choms.

      Ann Padoa - 2013-04-10 11:49

      @Zane. you are pathetic. our children are suffering in this country, what if one of those children belonged to you.

      Lizette Wilsenach - 2013-04-10 12:01

      Zane is joking!!!

      Lizette Wilsenach - 2013-04-10 12:02

      By the way. i went hungry at school more often than not. i would have eaten out of anything if they gave me free food

  • singatha.jongihlati - 2013-04-10 11:00

    Ubuntu is a myth.

      Albert Prinsloo - 2013-04-10 11:51

      LMAO here you go... This is what Mandela explains about what Ubuntu is. the funny thing is the exact opposite is happening. Hey ANC cadres!!! you are letting your Madiba down!!!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-04-10 11:00

    I don't bloody believe it, surely they have informed the relevant department or the powers that be of their plight. This is disgusting, these kids are not pigs. The schools should keep the public informed as to what develops from here on. Somebody get in there and sort out all the problems from the BULLYING to the corporal punishment. URGENT!!!!

  • briana.scott - 2013-04-10 11:06

    no wonder why the children of this country are growing into what they are, full of hate and anger. How are they to know any better if they are treated this way.

      Sunshiny Day - 2013-04-10 11:32

      Andt he sad thing is, it is all Apartheid's fault. At least, that is what they will learn instead of the truth (ANC's gross mismanagement).

      briana.scott - 2013-04-10 11:59

      exactly right, who else's fault would it be... ANC won't take responsibility for anything, it is all about the blame game. Also, another reason children are growing into savage monsters - they are not taught that there are consequences for their actions, certainly not by example.

  • Rohin - 2013-04-10 11:19

    Yes. Progress. Let's keep voting for this @3%^!.

  • Puleng Mabuya - 2013-04-10 11:21

    i blame the parents. why do ppls expect the gorvenment,schools do to everything regarding their own children. don't they have bowls at home.if the story was about feeding children rotten foods i would blame the gov.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-04-10 12:39

      Matie, some of these kids go to bed hungry, the only food they get is out of that bucket. So put that in your cake hole. AND, in-case no one has told you, there are no jobs out there

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-10 11:27

    Tell em to raid Nkandlaville - there's silver bowls there...

      Moi - 2013-04-10 11:38

      Gold plated more likely.

  • Sabelo Lex Mthembu - 2013-04-10 11:28

    When ANC promised you a 'better' quality of life looks like this is what they meant. Let's use our heads (and not our emotions) in the next coming elections. Less chats, more action.

  • nkululeko.zulu.5 - 2013-04-10 11:28

    May be it's because the Principal is on the go slow strike, that's why he forgot to monitor the situation he thinks for himself and salary not for the learners!!!!

  • Edward Gobey - 2013-04-10 11:36

    SA has become a welfare country with majority of residents relying on handouts / welfare provided by majority paying tax

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-04-10 11:37

    The principal has an attitude alright. He and his attitude should be kicked to the curb as soon as possible. Any teacher who treats his pupils in such a disgusting manner is not worthy of his job.

      carol.brand.5030 - 2013-04-10 16:23

      if the principal is that unconcerned about what and how the learners eat, i wonder how much thought and care goes into actual teaching at this school? oh well, I suppose its all Apart-Hates fault. It usually is. Ho-Hum. if the learners and their parents dont stand up to this bully and his colleagues then who will?

  • alison.scheppel - 2013-04-10 11:41

    News24, please do a fact check before publishing. Barkly East is Eastern Cape, Barkly West is Northern Cape.

  • Peter Neil - 2013-04-10 11:42

    Heart-wrenching. I can't even think of what and how these little kids must feel and yes, then the arrogance of the "makhulu baas". Probably climbs into his Merc at the end of the day, meets his family, friends and Malema at the Spur around the corner, empty'ing the remainder of the buckets into the pig pen on the way out. Come on guy's for heaven sake. This is so, so very sad man!

      Dinky Westbrook - 2013-04-10 12:25

      @ Peter These "little" kids are teenagers who are able to rape and murder. Torch everything that irritates them. Watch porn and right up there with all the latest apps and gadgets. Yet they accept abject silence... this horrific treatment ? I smell a big big rat. I am sick and tired of all the 'victims increasing exponentially' who whine and then VIVA ANC and dance jigs at rallies. Its a sick joke played on Liberal bleeding hearts. I am done.

  • Ian Despy - 2013-04-10 11:44

    cANCer run council I presume.....just think if this happened in the would just be the racist DA fault.

  • Kabelo Moseki - 2013-04-10 11:54

    well when i was in high school in the Northern Cape we were told to bring our own plate and spooon if you did not have a dish we ate from the bucket and till today there is nothing with me and there is actually nothing wrong about it my point is we were happy that we can recieve a plate of food for free they have dishes at home why not bring youre own come on they are in school they should be innovative!

      helen.shevchuk - 2013-04-10 15:54

      Dear Kabelo, in my opinion, it is sad, to say the least, that in 21st century, we have people, wait - CHILDREN (!!), who do not have plates (spoons/forks etc...) to eat from at school. If this was during WW2 or in a war-thorn country, perhaps i could've understood but otherwise i refuse. The government has the money, they must just use it to enrich its citizens and not themselves. My personal opinion. Hope it makes sense?

  • kimster - 2013-04-10 11:55

    at least they get food - i buy my childrens food and they dont eat out of china porcelain and i dont breed what i cant fed

      June Francis - 2013-04-10 14:26

      well Bullie for you , that you were born rich enough to pass judgement on poor children who didnt ask to be born.

      carol.brand.5030 - 2013-04-10 16:25

      Kimster: "Don't breed what you cant feed". I like that. Put it on a poster!

      Silvia Van Eck - 2013-04-10 18:03

      June, That has nothing to do with being rich!! Plus judgement wasn't passed on the kids but on the parents who are having kids they can't feed!!

  • Puleng Mabuya - 2013-04-10 12:11

    @edward agree 100% we're also entitled to everything free.feel sad for the children.i wouldn't be suprised to hear or read dat the ppl frm dat area are toy-toying for FREE RDP houses,water,toilets,electricity.stand up n do things for yourselves PLEASE.

  • Thabiso ChiefGalaktus Maboe - 2013-04-10 12:13

    My heart just sank, to the deepest darkest depths...Shocking!!!

  • Dinky Westbrook - 2013-04-10 12:15

    "we were happy that we can recieve a plate of food for free they have dishes at home why not bring youre own come on they are in school they should be innovative!" The best comment of all. Soon the poor victims will expect to be FED the food. Come on...this is a High school with teenage pupils. Why do they TOLERATE the horrific conditions ? Oh yes...Apartheid is to blame.

  • Kim SaiyanPrincess Murison - 2013-04-10 12:27

    - WHen will people vote for change????

  • Clint Hufkie - 2013-04-10 12:32

    They get free food?...lucky them. As for eating out of buckets with their hands - can the parents at least purchase plastic plate & spoon/fork.

      helen.shevchuk - 2013-04-10 16:00

      I'd say, can the "fat cats" review their salaries (which they are getting for doing NOTHING anyway) and use the money to provide for poor schools and hospitals? I don't believe the government has no money to buy plastic plates, forks/spoons

  • Wayne Anthony Faulds - 2013-04-10 12:35

    And has the principle of this school been investigated yet?

  • Mianka May - 2013-04-10 12:58

    This is so great to know. They get free food and moan because it is in a bucket. So bloody what! At least you get your FREE food with OUR tax money. My mom PACKED my lunch HERSELF and my daughter isn't fed by volunteers. I, THE PARENT, who pays the damn taxes for these freeloaders, have to ensure that her tummy stays full. Stop complaining about crap if you/your parents voted for the damn ANC. Your problem, not ours. Oh, by the way. Working for a salary and not breaking everything apart, is a rather nice way of ensuring that your kids are fed. And in better schools...

  • warren-rodel - 2013-04-10 13:36

    That's ANC delivery for you - enjoy!

  • tdshezi - 2013-04-10 13:55

    This proves that providing one solution brings another problem! In this case, the quest to provide food to the learners was overshadowed by the problem it created, shortage of dishes!

  • John Gossmann - 2013-04-10 14:00

    This is what zuma and the anc offers the future of our country while they eat out of the finest cutlery that the tax payers have paid for. No correction will be made and no one will be held accountable. Yet the masses will vote for them again.

  • Ronnie Rampersad - 2013-04-10 14:02

    Not surprising news if the "head" is contaminated and corrupt do you really expect the "body" to function properly without prejudice.Catch a wake up we are in South Africa the most corrupt nation in the world.

  • June Francis - 2013-04-10 14:21

    I am shocked that some of the comments suggest that what is happening to these children is amusing. I am disgusted -how would you feel if these were your kids. Or do you think that they are sub human because they are poor.

  • Shane Kennedy - 2013-04-10 15:30

    An ANC and Department of Mis-Education Triomph

  • helen.shevchuk - 2013-04-10 15:48

    And what took authorities so long to discover this? Perhaps they must stop travelling overseas at taxpayers' expense, building mansions worth millions of rands and buying expensive watches but rather donate to schools and hosiptals! I honestly can't remember any of SA politicians donating to poor in this country (except for Patrice Motsepe perhaps).

  • Jacques van der Merwe - 2013-04-10 17:02

    This is shocking. It is an attitude that filters down from the highest levels of government. Taxpayers and the population in general are treated with disrespect by government employees all the time. Fire the principal today.

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