DA wants Lesufi to be stopped

Politics South Africa

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling on MEC for Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi to formally renounce his position and comments on the BELA bill which seeks to “scapegoat” Afrikaans and mother tongue education.

DA Shadow Minister of Basic Education Baxolile Nodada said it is clear that Lesufi plans to use the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) bill for his racial crusade to vilify Afrikaans in schools. “This bill, which seeks to remove the powers of School Governing Bodies (SGBs) and, after an appeal, leave them at the mercy of MECs like Lesufi, is only a tool to further discriminate against Afrikaans as a language and its speakers”.

Nodada added that effectively, under BELA, heads of provincial education departments and MECs for Education will, after appeal, make the final decision on admissions and language policies of schools – and not SGBs.

Nodada further said it is clear that Lesufi has long been maintaining the stance that all Afrikaans speakers are racists and that Afrikaans should be removed as a medium from schools. “What is now apparent is that he is using a systematic way, by means of the BELA bill, to formally rid Afrikaans from schools”.

The DA said it believes in mother tongue education for all young learners and strongly opposes Lesufi and his ‘racist tendencies’. “Lesufi must be stopped in his tracks.

Nodada concluded by saying over 13 000 people have already signed the DA’s Afrikaans and English petitions against the bill.

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