Poor education makes 'voter fodder'

2012-06-09 14:26

Johannesburg - Government and the ruling party are letting education standards slide to secure future voters, the IFP Youth Brigade chairperson has  said.

Mkhuleko Hlengwa said those in power were "deliberately killing the quality of education, and deliberately keeping schools under-resourced in South Africa".

This was an attempt to "consolidate voter fodder" by instilling a culture of dependency in the youth, he said in Mzingazi, outside Richards Bay, on Friday night.

"The youth of 1976 stood up and fought for better education because they realised that an education-less future was worse than apartheid."

The Inkatha Freedom Party embraced the maxim "education for liberation", in contrast to "a strategic ploy of the ANC and government to hold South Africans ransom... and keep them dependant...", Hlengwa said.

Unemployment could be reduced if the quality of education was higher.

"We must not settle for anything less other than education that will improve our lives today and in the future."

  • al.chemist.7106 - 2012-06-09 14:31

    It's so true... the uneducated and uninformed who are taken advantage of because the don't know any better

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-09 14:53

      This is exactly what Moletsi Mbeke is saying. That the ANC have a peculiar contract with the masses. They are creating a dependance structure with the financial grant system. The poor constitute the bulk of the ANC voters. They need to keep it that way to secure votes at election time.

      rbphiri - 2012-06-09 15:31

      So true and people thought I was grasping at straws, when I argued the same sentiment that the ruling party is deliberately killing the quality of education, and deliberately keeping schools under-resourced in South Africa to secure votes. A dumb mind is easier to control, with just one wave of the kfc bucket, and the anc has the easily fickled masses voting in their favour at elections. Why did the chicken cross the road? well my friends, the answer is simple, to get more voters on the other side.

      rbphiri - 2012-06-09 15:34

      @ AnthonyfromAfrica clearly you not from Africa or any where on earth, your comment is outlandish and borders around the parameters of insanity. ET go home

      Utopian - 2012-06-09 15:36

      @ Anthony, What comments are you referring to. If you are saying that the public education system is effective in this country then you must be living in a completely different Africa to the rest of us. Do not fear though, there are drugs you can take for dementia.

      wwrer.ww - 2012-06-09 15:46

      AnthonyfromAfrica - the whites were 5 million and the black people 30 million. 5 million could not afford to carry 30 million with their taxes. 5 million paid 90% of the taxes. That is what the debate about apartheid education was all about - equality was impossible because 5 million relative wealthy people couldn't afford to give 30 million poor people the same education. Not because they didn't want - they couldn't divert resources. They were at war too.

      rbphiri - 2012-06-09 16:13

      Hmmmmmm??? I heard a noise...It sounds as if it's coming from africa...hmmm??? if only it heard all chromosomes, maybe than its noise would make sense.

      Antin - 2012-06-09 19:23

      @ AnthonyfromAfrica - June 9, 2012 at 15:20 You call this comment BS, and then try to support this by referring to the NAT -Bantu education. YOU are the bullshyter here! You are so thick and so full of it that you don't even see how you hand your opponents the argument to defeat you. Your own argument works against you. Bantu-education was designed to keep the black subservient. An educated black was dangerous and critical to the regime. Same now with the ANC-style education, moron!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-10 01:13

      Antin, Well, if I am so full of sh.t, lets leave that for another time. But in the meantime, I am glad you agree with the following; ""Bantu-education was designed to keep the black subservient. An educated black was dangerous and critical to the regime"" THAT, is my point; We are paying for this TODAY. To get education for all to a high standard, is not only a question of money, and can take decades to achieve. Now, to suggest that our present government, has the same attitude towards education, as the Nats had, is stupid, dumb, ignorant and plain childish!!

  • Bob - 2012-06-09 14:42

    Precisely! Let the country go to the dogs to hold onto power...Typical method throughout Africa...! Sickening…!

  • Hermann - 2012-06-09 14:43

    At last the penny dropped! Remember the ANC slogan "no education before liberation" and today it is "no education to keep us in power", dumb people don't ask questions, they simply toe the line and follow.

  • Paul - 2012-06-09 14:46

    The more educated people become the more they realise just how bad the cANCer is for this country

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-06-09 14:48

    Boy, never a truer word been spoken. Keep 'em dumb and they won't have sufficient brainpower to question yer motives.

  • Mike - 2012-06-09 14:55

    The ANC do not want it to change

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-09 16:19

      They cannot afford to change !! Their days are numbered !!

  • Anthea - 2012-06-09 14:58

    It fascinates me that one week it's violent service delivery protests and the next week we put the tick next to the name of the councillor we were so unhappy with the previous week. Perhaps this explains why.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-06-09 15:02

    Mamphela Ramphele concurred that the education system is being abused for poltcal gain: See the article on :

  • jacques.weidemann - 2012-06-09 15:04

    And thats exactly why the youth league keeps making ridiculous comments, to keep the uneducated happy. Its a catch 22 situation for the ruling party because they have nothing else to offer except this false hope, and luckily enough people still believe this...because of their low level of education...

  • celest.pretorius.9 - 2012-06-09 15:05

    Give that young man a Bells!!

  • Juan - 2012-06-09 15:08

    Seems like there is at least one person with a brain in the IFP youth leage. Couldn't have said it better myself Mr Hlengwa.

  • sibusiso.ngwena - 2012-06-09 15:08

    Finaly someone from the opposition sees the picture

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-06-09 15:12

    It may be a good political ploy not to properly educate people to hold on to power. However, a good education and degree does not stop people from ignorance, nepotism, patriotism and greediness. Look at “educated” Europe who are struggling and it seems the RSA will now also be affected by their unwillingness to change. Even some first world countries are not obliged to appoint the best candidate where a position needs to be filled. Humanity needs to get rid of prejudice and discrimination (internationally) and try to save the world by appointing the best candidates. I will not rest my case as this craziness affects us all!

  • SidewaysView - 2012-06-09 15:13

    Bottom line - you have to be dumb, stupid and ignorant to vote for this ANC government

      SidewaysView - 2012-06-09 16:31

      Lesetjam - I suggest that you read and understand the article. The government is letting education standards slide in order to secure future voters. What does that imply? It says that the less educated are more likely to vote ANC - WHY??? - because they are too stupid to realize that they are having the wool pulled over their eyes. They do not understand and refuse to believe that the present ANC government is run by criminals and does not rule in their interests or for their benefits. The same happened during Mao and Stalins period of rule. The intelligentsia were killed because they were perceived to be a threat as they knew and understood how corrupt their government was.

  • linda.stroebel - 2012-06-09 15:14

    Wow! Aint that true! We need to fight this! I think that if anyone makes a private donation it should be towards education. It will have a multiplyer-effect on HIV, poverty, Racial tension, birth rate, the general economy, corruption etc...

  • Sagin - 2012-06-09 15:21

    I said this exact thing on news 24 last week and was shot down as a racist. now watch all the racist blacks call this guy a coconut! can you not see how stupid you are?

  • merushan - 2012-06-09 15:21

    Keep them stupid and keep their vote. Seems to working thou!

  • hc12345 - 2012-06-09 15:26

    I an sorry to blow your bubble guys....I know plenty black guys who are educated and will vote ANC till the day they die!!!

      indianajohn - 2012-06-09 15:31

      Why? Do they want that day to come sooner?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-09 15:37

      hc12345, Exactly, it is just a sick racist thought to believe, that 60 @ of the voters are uneducated!!!!!!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-09 15:52

      They are a minority. According to Moeletsi Mbeki, only 20% of ANC voters are educated, and amonst them probabl many are part of the gravy train(incl govt employeea)

      rbphiri - 2012-06-09 16:05

      I'm educated and you don't see me voting anc, the problem here is the issue of colour, colour determines votes. I wouldn't care if a party was green, pink or yellow, just as long as they execute their duties and fulfill their promises they echoe prior to the elections.

      Patrick - 2012-06-09 16:56

      Correct. Lokk at Mugabe. He was educated at Oxford and he is still an anti west, racist dictator that understands exactly how to keep the masses votes. It is about colur and let's not fool ourselves, whites are not welcome here and never will be.

      indianajohn - 2012-06-09 17:09

      RPhiri: yes, that's all there is to it. It's so simple! I also don't care if the president was purple. Most people don't. We just want a government that functions. Then they accuse us of being racists. There's no logic at all.

  • Rinnewien - 2012-06-09 15:30

    My view excactly! Education is right on target in South Africa. Keep the masses uneducated keep corrupt politicians in cosy positions. That young man deserves a Bells.He should be congratulated to have the courage to voice his opinion.

  • Phillip - 2012-06-09 15:30

    No! Never! Treason! When has the ANC ever shown that they do not want to raise the standard of education in the land? Why, right from the very beginning of the new dispensation it was clear that minister Sibusiso Bhengu saw to it that every colonialist counter-revolutionary teacher (sorry, EDUCATOR) foisted on our people to lower the standard of education was kicked out of their job, and a whole lot of new comrades were brought in to replace them (well, nearly all of them have been replaced by now - shouldn't be more than another couple of decades), resulting in the resounding successes we are seeing today. Since when has South Africa had such a high pass rate of matriculants? Clearly you know nothing about communist educational policy, Mr Hlengwa - why would a government want to render it's people unemployable and dependant on them? How preposterous a notion! And besides, how can you back up your statement, when there only only 15 million voters on government grant? You are clearly just an agent for the jealous previous elite, who want to return the country to the apartheid system.

      rbphiri - 2012-06-09 16:00

      Thank you for your long essay student, as your lecturer I can safely say that you were better off cleaning septic tanks with your tongue; nauseous to the smell are we? I don't think so, your senses must be accustom to the bullsh*t coming out from your mouth by now. Excuse me while I wipe my educated rear end with your essay.

      James - 2012-06-09 17:07

      sarcasm at its best! thoroughly enjoyed that, thanks for the chuckle

      Jack - 2012-06-09 18:14

      15 out 48 of million on social welfare,it is clear that the ANC is creating a dependency on welfare state. Good education will release them from depedency and bondage. You have to be a fool not to realise that hard fact.

      Johan - 2012-06-09 21:15

      @Phillip: HAHA, I only realized you were being serious around about the fourth line from the bottom, I thought you were using satire, if was really well written satire... hehe, you had me going... Especially the first line. I guess you where in a coma for the last couple of years when the ANC systematically dropped the standard to 30% that more people pass matrix, even when 30% still means you haven't been educated. Shame.

  • tlethwane - 2012-06-09 15:31

    couldn't agree wit dem true.

  • ziphok1 - 2012-06-09 15:38

    The question is what are the few who see the light going to do about it. We can insult them all we want at the end of the day ANC is going to win thier hearts by talking things they want to hear.

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-09 15:39

    South Africa is a democratic but one party dominant state with the African National Congress in power.

      Juan - 2012-06-09 16:17

      Which is unfortunate

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-09 16:50

      Very much so. We need a serious opposition party, that caters to all not just the middle and upper class

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-09 16:02

    100% correct!!! The majority of their votes come from uneducated unemployed poor people who live on the hopes of their promises because that's all they have to live on

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-09 16:05

      AND these people don't have access to the media or current affairs so they kept in the dark, totally unaware of the corruption and greedy politicians stealing money that was budgeted to improve their living conditions

  • Florence - 2012-06-09 16:03

    Mhlengwa, not only killing the schools under resourced but also are 1. putting SA lives in the hands of criminals - by this presidential discretion to release prisoners 2. All the informal settlements would forever vote for da ANC. When adding up from these sources, a good voter number is guaranteed

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-09 16:11

      The president is a criminal himself so he relates to his buddies behind bars. What does he care about our safety when he's surrounded by body guards?

      zamani.yende - 2012-06-09 17:03

      You forget our teacher are undercapcitated

  • Jan - 2012-06-09 16:16

    Hear, hear!

  • Sekwati - 2012-06-09 16:21

    the ever fading fip...what a way to score much needed points..says so the party that vowed to revenge apartheid by killing the whites if it won the election back in hell with this youth league...majority of people vote for anc...not only the so called 'uneducated'..come up with solutions and stop insulting black people..the so called 'uneducated' people also vote for the you still refer to them as 'uneducated' or the term applies only when they vote the anc?.....

  • tbsdlamini - 2012-06-09 16:22

    Usikhondlakhondla Mashasha!!

  • Tienie Bronkhorst - 2012-06-09 16:25

    Couldn't have said it any better. Well done IFP Youth, ANCYL take note of a youth league that know how to address the REAL issues.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-06-09 16:26

    GIVE THIS MAN A BELLS!! NO! NO! GIVE HIM 2 BELLS !! :) well said!!

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-09 19:44

      Yes, he can ring the ALL IRRELEAVNT YOUTH LEAGUE bells with tackling real issues. Now lets wait for DOMMALA to call him a coconut

  • Lorne Andersen - 2012-06-09 16:34

    I couldn't agree more. Makes perfect sense.

  • antsho - 2012-06-09 16:36

    I never agree with the IFP people but unfortunately on this one they are so right! Why have we not responded with the same vigour, energy and passion as we did over the spear is anyone's guess!

      4Bongani - 2012-06-09 16:45

      I have honours yet I voted for ANC.

      berthram - 2012-06-09 16:53

      Unfortunately you can buy an education but not intelligence...

      Tamaranui - 2012-06-09 17:02

      So , that's how to keep yourself indoctrinated ?? It must have been bought, No one can earn this via dedication & discipline. Speaks to your personality if this is your attitude, If you pay for Certification does not mean everyone does....maybe....??

  • Luyanda - 2012-06-09 16:50

    AGREE 100%! Voters are mostly Indoctrinated Lemmings.

  • acsteyn - 2012-06-09 16:52

    wow. hell of an indictement. but i have heard worse. it does sound as far fetched as the anc youth league discouraging international investment. personally i think that both youth league leaders are cluthching at straws. the ifp because they are clearly outnumbered and feel their followers are stupid and the anc leaders because they have no clue either as well as being stupid in their comments, particularly in view of zuma's proud comments about medupi. what a bunch of chops.

  • Luyanda - 2012-06-09 16:54

    AGREE 100%! Voters are mostly Indoctrinated Lemmings.

  • ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-09 16:58

    A typical speech by a typical SA politician. Mr Hlengwa, everybody gives you a thumbs up, but what exactly is your suggestion? What can be done to improve our ailing education system? Vote IFP? What is wrong with our politicians? Seems they are all brain dead. Those who are not rulling are whineheads, those who are in govt just don't give a flying f@#k. And how does the ANC deliberately sabotage education to get votes? This is not just having a wild imagination, it's both stupid and uneducated.

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