Presidency enters Cape school crisis

2012-03-27 08:40

Cape Town - The presidency is trying to help resolve racial conflict in Grabouw, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel had sent his adviser, Cameron Dugmore, to meet a community task team set up in January.

Residents and parents formed the team to tackle overcrowding at the Umyezo Wama Apile combined school.

Black and coloured residents faced off last week in violent protests over schooling, which left the local school damaged and four people injured.

Elgin Grabouw Civic Association chairperson John Michels said they welcomed the government's intervention. They however found it frustrating that the national government had made the move, rather than provincial government, which he said had the power to address the problem.

Dugmore had met with the task team twice. According to the report, he invited them to a meeting to be attended by trade unions, pupil representatives from the Umyezo and Groenberg high schools, principals from both schools, community development workers and ward councillors.

  • Marion - 2012-03-27 08:53

    Why didn't the DA build one of the 30 schools in Grabouw if their facilities were so bad?

      Gigo - 2012-03-27 09:01

      You can ask that again..

      Nosiphom - 2012-03-27 09:13

      Because the rioters would have burned it down anyway - so that they have yet more reasons to riot, and burn more stuff.

      Margaret - 2012-03-27 09:15

      Why doesnt the ANC give the people what they promised schools and a good education os only part of it. The DA is not the government of the country the ANC is

      Amused-Reader - 2012-03-27 09:26

      If you read up you will see that they want to and have already earmarked a site, but are waiting for approval. I am not sure from who ??

      janine.meyburgh - 2012-03-27 09:43

      Because the DA have been applying for land from government for the last 3 years. The minister concerned has been replaced 3 times. Each time application has to begin from scratch. It has taken 3 deaths for the ANC to finally jump into action, perhaps they are there to finally finalise the DA's application.

      Heibrin - 2012-03-27 09:51

      Marion, you suffer from typical ANC selective reading: had you followed the articles you'd have seen that the DA had planned to build a school there, have been doing so for the past three years, however the ANC have each time shot it down, through sheer ineptitude.

      Gordon - 2012-03-27 10:08

      Because 700 kids arrive from the eastern cape at the beginning of the school term. Fek, is anyone actually reading the information available?

      Marion - 2012-03-27 10:09

      @Heibrin - so glad you said 'HAD you followed the articles'. That's got zilch to do with suffering from 'ANC selective reading'. It has plenty to do with whether I saw/read the articles or not.

  • Marion - 2012-03-27 09:13

    I wish everyone could just get over this word 'refugee'. Did it cause physical harm to anyone? Has it put the brakes on people from the Eastern Cape going to Cape Town in search of a better life? It is one word people. Let's focus on words like education, poverty, service delivery etc., where we can make our voices heard for real change instead of continually inciting each other over one word. Masakheni uMzansi Afrika.

      Glyn - 2012-03-27 09:46

      I agree that the focus should be on action words rather than slogan. However the REFUGEE word had a highly leveraged effect and so was very effective in its message. Helen Zille was right to use it and it is still valid. Why do workers come to the Western Cape from The Eastern Cape? Because they are force through economic and political reasons to do so. Hence they are REFUGEES. Meantime use all the correct words to make yourself heard! Once more and then some. Maybe the anc will hear sometime soon. Maybe. Maybe not.

      charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-27 10:11

      Thanks Merion. This is true. Be Blessed

  • lydonmcg - 2012-03-27 09:18

    It couldn't be more blatantly obvious that this is nothing but a ploy to make the ANC look like Grabouw's saviours and the DA seem incompetent. John Michels' comment is testament to that fact. The Provincial Government have made numerous moves, to the tune that none of the violence instigated by various organisations involved was remotely necessary, but none of those positive moves have been noted. It's disgusting how people can use kids' education for shameless political point scoring. What a joke!

  • Rob - 2012-03-27 09:27

    "The presidency is trying to help resolve racial conflict" - WHAT A JOKE!

      Oom - 2012-03-27 09:52

      Maybe they should give julias a call lol

  • Heibrin - 2012-03-27 09:58

    Riddle me this: what the %^#%^$% does a trade union have to do with building a school, or the violence associated with the schools, appart from being the instigators??

  • grenville.felton - 2012-03-27 09:59

    Back Off ANC u f.... caused the conflict now send they lame predency to sort it out give the DA the land and schools will be built,Sort out school and all other problems out in EC, and since you also bussed in the masses to WC to gain votes which the ruling party is very good at doing only thing they FU all the time

  • Leo - 2012-03-27 10:01

    Why don't they just give the people from Umyezo Wama Apile school all the extra's they have demanded but leave the school that they burnt down in their hands.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-27 10:09

    This is good news, but I do not understand why they have to burn down the school building!

  • Eric - 2012-03-27 10:27

    "Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel had sent his adviser, Cameron Dugmore, to meet a community task team set up in January." Dugmore was the ANC's incompetent Education Minister in the WC, not so? Mmm ...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-27 10:34

      Yup... Laughable isn't it. I mean thigh slapping funny..

  • Rob - 2012-03-27 10:43

    yep, we cant have comrades vs " comrades " now can we ? Bad for the image of the country.

  • Plato Pravda - 2012-03-27 10:57

    It is the Euro-Africans that are fermenting the violence. They are using poor and desperate african people as useful dupes to foster their racially biased way of life. And then they point the finger at the ruling party and and the poor, downtrodden masses!!

      Mark - 2012-03-27 11:09


      Mzwandile - 2012-03-27 11:10

      @Plato - well said

      Rob - 2012-03-27 11:29

      You mean poor " overbreeding " downtroden masses !! Surely ? Nevermind your post is pure drivel, but the masses might buy it.

      Koos - 2012-03-27 12:11

      Euro-African? I love it. Allowing me to be African without having to be being associated with the normal African persona. Euro-African.... got a kinda posh sound to it. Definitely more distinguished. Love it!

      Shirley - 2012-03-27 13:42

      I think the only fermenting is in whatever you have been drinking!

  • Treyzo - 2012-03-27 11:06

    i think the government should send a team to the eastern cape to sort the corruption within the education department, which is forcing pupils to migrate

  • Mark - 2012-03-27 11:08

    Pardon me but what would the presidency know about education?

  • - 2012-03-27 11:12

    the only time the presidency could start to resolve racial conflict is when it stops fuelling it..with it racist policies and hate spreading doctines..

  • Franklin - 2012-03-27 11:29

    I don't blame the coloureds. ANYTHING to get as far away from a black as possible.

      Koos - 2012-03-27 12:05

      At least they don't burn down everything and they have the balls to stand up against the horde that threatens their schools and children.

  • Leon - 2012-03-27 13:40

    Senzo Mchunu - When asked about Maths & Science at the iLembe awards held at Stanger High School answered: "It was Verwoerd who made these subjects difficult because he thought that blacks would be a threat to him." No brainless, these are difficult because they describe the treasure of human accomplishment. There is almost no (save for academic) politics to maths or science. They are discovered truths which open themselves to self correction and scrutiny. To attribute these to Verwoerd does the man a great and undeserved service. Verwoerd was a politician. He himself understood the disciplines only fractionally. However, he did have the insight to want his people to understand the principles. Yes, that included you, Senzu Mchunu, as SA spent a bundle on educating you as well. Seems in that Verwoerd did waste his time. Now this is not directly related to this story; but draws a pretty clear parallel as education (or the lack thereof) is just another downed pawn on the political chess board that is South Africa.

  • guy.goes1 - 2012-04-04 12:31

    Please tell what on earth is the reason to burn the school? It appears that even the slightest differences is reason enough for some to react unlawful, violent and destructive to their fellow south africans. The law must be ruthlesly applied to bring these agitators to book.

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