Holomisa slams ANC over education

2012-06-16 20:14

Johannesburg - The ANC has not done enough to improve the quality of education in the country, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said on Saturday.

"Today's black children are still doomed to be 'hewers of wood and drawers of water' who cannot read or write," he said at a Youth Day rally in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

Holomisa said that throughout the African National Congress 's time in power, black schools lacked basic infrastructure and were still under-resourced.

He said the funds and resources that should have been spent on educating the youth, creating jobs and combating poverty were routed to the "ANC's party coffers and the pockets of the privileged few".

"Maybe the fault lies in every new education minister who brings a different policy and we start from scratch every five years."

He encouraged the youth not to allow "corrupt government officials" to steal their future.

"You have the power to change things by changing people's minds and showing them the truth," he said.

"Just as the youth of 1976 you must go out and show a corrupt government that you are more that just hewers of wood and drawers of water".

  • mastersvoice - 2012-06-16 20:20

    I would go so far as to say the ANC are deliberately keeping the youth uneducated by watering the level of education down, because they fear the educated vote!

      gee.raaf - 2012-06-16 22:15

      Without quality education, sa can not survive.

      Denise - 2012-06-17 01:27

      I've always liked Holomisa. He fought the apartheid government by refusing to play into their homelands scheme. He could have become like Lucas Mangope of Bophuthatswana and filled his pockets but he didn't. He could have stayed with the ANC and been the beneficiary of their BEE policy but he didn't. He could have done a lot of things given the power that he had running Transkei yet he has remained relatively clean compared to his counterparts. He has always been a straight shooter, saying what he meant and meaning what he said. Kudos, yet again, to the man for saying what others fear to say.

      mart.botha - 2012-06-17 10:37

      Quite correct. The ANC manpower is incompetent and must therefore fabricate other ways to garner support from the uneducated masses. They fix things only when extreme pressure, and therein lies the answer. Put this Government under so much pressure that they have to deliver to all the people of this country. I fear though that the masses may be so heavily indoctrinated or intimidated by those that are fed scraps by the elite that this will not happen. In 1976 the youth were thrust into the firing line by their parents and political parties to serve their agenda of bringing down an existing the same going to have to happen again. It is time to realise that your so called leaders in the ANC are nothing more than sheep who are bought and sold by those that have stolen enough money and power to enable them to do this. The ANC's focus is inwards and not at all to the masses. They prey on the naivety of their electorate....which brings us back to the point made by you MastersVoice that crippling the education system is part of their plan to hold on to power.

      Patsy - 2012-06-17 14:19

      Totally agree with you, MastersVoice. They need uneducated sheep. Nobody - with any brain - would vote this party in again. False promises, downright crookery etc., etc.

  • gee.raaf - 2012-06-16 20:26

    Not enough? They did nothing but steal funds allocated to education!

      Rankoko Portia - 2012-06-16 20:59

      solution please

      gee.raaf - 2012-06-16 21:04

      Stop corruption.

      Denise - 2012-06-17 01:03

      How long will people tolerate this corrupt and arrogant government?

  • TheVern69 - 2012-06-16 20:32

    Maybe a white governmental leader would be better,but he or she must have the characteristics of a human being which has not been influenced by any of the corrupt political figures which are in \power\ now....maybe that will make things right seeing as black people can't rectify the mistakes stupid white people made!! \r\nJust a thought ja...Peace xox

      mastersvoice - 2012-06-17 07:34

      Your comment epitomises the mindset of South Africa today - Black vs. White. This will most likely be Zuma's greatest achievement; dividing the nation along racial lines...

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-06-16 21:09

    Mr Holomisa is correct,this ANC baffoons r useless but they shal b in power until the end of the world cos they don't want to provide quality education cos they no tht the illiterate r easily convinced.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-17 10:40

      When you have a president that is uneducated, every Tom, Dick, Harry, Themba, Philemon and Sipho aspire to being president. You don't even have to have passed standard 5.

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  • Michael Varikas - 2012-06-16 21:33

    Give that man a Bells!!

  • Erna - 2012-06-16 21:34

    Isn't it sad that every party leader and the people of SA recognise the problems the country is experiencing, particularly in education, but the ANC think that they are doing OK and there is no crisis? Maybe they need a wake up call and a little less power.

      Dee - 2012-06-17 05:51

      they will always have enough supporters to steal everything that's not tied down. F@*#it

      Glyn - 2012-06-17 09:43

      The obvious answer is to vote DA! Give the anc a huge fright and a lot less power.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-17 10:57

      Perhaps the "leaders" are not able to fix it because they don't know how. Their lack of education prevents them from thinking further than themselves - remember that the most primitive instinct is to survive ... Bugger the rest!

  • margaux.doeebrahim - 2012-06-16 21:48

    people really need to stop playing the race card!!! farkin sick and tired of the same old song. the anc government is giving it to you guys where the sun don't shine and what do you say? please sir can i have some more!!! wake up please!!!!! they are livin it up and you are where exactly? no job, electricity, decent education, housing ... PLEASE SIR MAY I HAVE SOME MORE!!!!!

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-06-16 23:33

      I fully agree with you William. Well said. Thank you.

      Glyn - 2012-06-17 09:46

      The obvious answer is to vote DA! Give the anc a huge fright and a lot less power.

      Glyn - 2012-06-17 10:05

      One thing that is often forgotten is that the DA is the most integrated political party in the country. It is a mostly Black party with a lot of very smart younger politicians coming up the ranks. Most of what William says is true except the bit about the DA not being able to "change anything for anyone". Take a look at the Western Province, Cape Town and other DA municipalities. The best run Province? Western Cape! Best City? Cape Town! Best municipality in Gauteng? You do the leg-work! I bet it is run by the DA! Vote DA!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-17 10:34

      There is a popular misconception that's whites are wealthy. I would estimate that proportionally there are more wealthy blacks than whites. Why do the disgruntled always target the whites? From the beginning of the new democracy the whites have been targeted - RDP levy ( where did that go?) BEE - shafting experienced white workers that could pass their knowledge to others (now they are being asked to come back) racist selection for university entrance (calculated on marks based on disgracefully reduced criteria) excellent intellectual potential leaving the country to obtain education elsewhere. Perhaps if government applied some criteria to those appointed to government posts - ie degrees and extensive prior learning - we would get somewhere. What can one expect from a goatherd?

      Sagin - 2012-06-17 11:00

      @margaux @william. well said! these are the basics and i feel that slowly black people are starting to grasp what you are saying forthemselves. I pray for all our sakes, there is a quickening of understanding and a ceasation of hatred. We could be a truely great nation!

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-06-16 21:57

    The worst that before apartheid anc is no clue for south Africa.

      Stephen Radebe - 2012-06-16 22:02

      Die for some one is start of bet development ?

      Glyn - 2012-06-17 10:05

      The obvious answer is to vote DA! Give the anc a huge fright and a lot less power.

  • Vince.York - 2012-06-16 22:01

    The new anc have done exceedingly well. A single token mascot leader breeding his own dynasty capable of voting him back into power for eternity through the popularly accepted extended family method, combined with showing the entire nation graphically that being a simple "hustler" well connected with unscrupulous indians is the way to go to lay hands on all the public funds. What MORE could any prospective lad want. Possibly only some extra child grants?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-17 10:53

      Vince - breeding refers to quality propagation. What is occurring here is not breeding, it has another name ...

  • koolHD - 2012-06-16 22:10

    We need a coloured president.:)

      pmarthenuissen - 2012-06-16 22:14

      Trevor Manuel?

      koolHD - 2012-06-16 22:23

      I agree with you william.botha.9.

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-16 22:27

      Prof Jansen

      Lorraine McDonogh - 2012-06-17 08:05

      No! We do not need a president or any leader based on color of skin! We need leaders who are people of capability, skill, integrity and with the interests of all in the country at heart. South Africa needs a non- political party based government that equally represents all its peoples.. Party politica only brings what we see now and what we have seen in the near past. Change can only come if the people vote for change. Young people, my plea to you is to vote for a new dispensation based on how we see how successes have happened in the country at present. Young people you hold the key and the government that says it loves you, loves to keep you in poverty and illiteracy and ignorance so as to make you vote with your heart and not your head. At the next election you can change the face and future of our nation for the better. YOU MUST VOTE FOR CHANGE. If you don't do that do not complain about the ongoing corruption that will rob you of every opportunity to be a prosperous Southampton African citizen with hope and a future. MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO WAKE UP TO THE POWER THAT LIES DORMANT IN YOU.

      Glyn - 2012-06-17 10:20

      Me for President! I will not be a good president but I will be the best the country has ever had!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-17 10:37

      Bollocks. We just need an honourable, moral, educated and committed president, with no skeletons in his cupboard. The colour of his skin has absolutely nothing to do with it.

      Lunga Sanqela Lunga - 2013-10-01 21:10

      What is the diffrence that gonna make . All I want a new south african president that will change lives of south african. Not only blacks and Guptafuthi racem.

  • sithembiso.nkwanyana - 2012-06-16 23:40

    Let us accept that the govt had a lot of challenges than making rhetoric utterances.Nobody can deny that the state of affairs is nt well in mzantsi.Lekota,Holomisa

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-17 04:49

    Vote the ANC out of power ? Not on your life ! Come election time the dumb sh*ts want the politicians to lie to them..they deserve what they get!!

  • mandilakhe.nompehle - 2012-06-17 07:40

    if he had not failed Mthatha, I would say. Njengele is also fit for EC province.... But huh! Shame...

      Songezo Nondonga - 2012-06-17 19:40

      Mr Holomisa didn't fail in Mthatha ANC did why i say this, what you can do with out funds because ANC keep all the money so ANC push UDM out of Mthatha with slow funding system.

      Lunga Sanqela Lunga - 2013-10-01 21:04

      We are not talking about mthatha here . Holomisa is talking about our country that he sees is in danger don't u see that.

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-17 09:13

    Holomisa-Don't hold your breath,NOTHING will happen,in ten years time,nothing will have changed and you will saying the same thing

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