Thousands of black pupils attack Afrikaans schools

Many thousands of black pupils marched on Afrikaans high schools in Parys and Senekal FS during exams; trample fencing … demand ‘25% free points’ before sitting exams…

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PARYS, FREE STATE – September 10 2010 – Hundreds of black schoolchildren from the Tumahole township school in Parys went on riot today and started marching towards the so-named ‘Parys High school old model C school”- the Afrikaans-language high school for Afrikaans-speaking pupils (of all races).

COSAS facebook creator Mosa Phoshane Pakade Northview High 1995 class SowetoInitially the crowd started at around 300 people but rapidly grew to 3,000, including many armed adults and members of the ANC-alligned COSAS student movement.

The local SAPS stopped the marchers on the way and drove them back with rubber bullets and pepperspray. Seventy-three protestors were “arrested’ and released again just down the road.

PICTURE: The black pupils, egged on by students from the Congress of SA Students organisation (COSAS, left IS their facebook administrator Mosa Phoshane-Pakade) dIsrupted exams at 17 schools including the Parys and Senekal Afrikaans High Schools “because their pupils refuse to join the riots’. The 3,000 protesting Tumahole township pupils and 2,000 Senekal pupils demanded that before sitting their exams, they first want an extra 25% points added to their examination results.

Tumahole has always had a large activist-group of students and pupils: on July 17 this year, addressing ‘hordes of attendants’, the Free State premier Ace Magashule and the ANC provincial chairman also whipped the pupils of Tumahole into a frenzy when praising their ‘activism during apartheid’ . 

The drama started Thursday when matric-pupils tore up their exam-papers, insisting on 25% ‘free points’ before they would write them. A total of 19 schools were attacked by strikers and the pupils’ examinations were interrupted across the entire Free State said health department spokesman Howard Ndaba.

In Senekal several thousand pupils from three black schools aggressively trampled down the fence around the Paul Erasmus Afrikaans school, said head Jacques Bradford.

“My children write exams and these protesting kids were standing outside, screaming and singing slogans and interfering in their concentration’, he said.

The Afrikaans pupils were also threatened with violence if they didn’t stay away from school next week. The university student organisation COSAS had all week been sweeping up the pupils up to demand the 25% “free points’. http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/73-oproerige-leerlinge-vas-20100911

Can you believe this abuse of the English language by supposedly well-educated ‘students’?

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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