'Go slow' threat over black principal fails

2017-08-01 22:20
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. (File, Daily Sun)

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. (File, Daily Sun)

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Gauteng - Threats of a “go slow” at close to 40 predominantly coloured schools in Gauteng failed to materialise on Tuesday, the provincial education department said.

Spokesperson Steve Mabona said teaching continued as normal for the past two days in Johannesburg south, east and west, following ostensible plans to show solidarity with an Eldorado Park school over the appointment of a new headmaster.

Protest action started at the Klipspruit-West Secondary School last Monday when parents called for the removal of a newly-appointed black principal.

Classes continued without disruption, Mabona said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We are delighted that the educators did not accede to a call to participate in a so-called ‘go-slow’ during school hours, as this has a negative impact for the future of our learners,” he said.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi appealed to residents to allow him to finalise the appointment of the principal and “report the way forward in due course”.

But on Tuesday, a group calling themselves Patriots For Equality called for a “chalk down” until further notice. 

“The blatant and glaring marginalisation within our communities cannot go uncontested any longer. We have to reclaim our own emancipation in an enduring punitive culture of oppression in a supposed democratic dispensation,” the organisation said in a statement.

“The living experience evidently shows that coloured people are marginalised and systematically disenfranchised. This marginalisation is worsened by what appears to be the structural manipulation of the identity question with the policy of merit and equality in the appointment of qualified personnel,” the organisation explained.

“This is exemplified by the case of Klipspruit West Secondary School which has had accumulative neglect in the failure of the Department of Education to timeously attend to the issues that gave rise to the current crisis.”

It claimed that the appointment process had been “impaired” and further demanded that an independent commission of inquiry be established.

Lesufi last week dissolved the school governing body of Klipspruit-West Secondary, saying they couldn’t “carry a very important responsibility to unite the school, to ensure that all teachers teach, regardless of colour”.

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