ANC-lawmaker orders attacks on 3 Afrikaans schools, Fochville

TODAY, January 18 2012, hundreds of black parents, pupils and petitioners will descend on three remaining Fochville Afrikaans schools…”

Gauteng Legislature statement by Sithembele Tshwete

17 January 2012 – “Afrikaans schools ordered to stop denying black learners’ right to be instructed in English”

Statement by Tswete: “Tomorrow, January 18 2012 – Gauteng legislature visits Fochville Hoërskool, Fochville Losberg Primary and Laerskool Fochville – who put Afrikaans as a condition for admission of black learners: …. (and) who have in the past turned away black students from their premises because the (primary) medium of instruction at the schools is Afrikaans.

Last year the Gauteng Legislature and Gauteng Department of Education intervened and instructed the schools to open its doors to black learners and stop denying them their right to be instructed in English. The Fochville Hoërskool took an issue with this and tried to fight this instruction by going to Court in December. The case was dismissed in January this year.

Tomorrow, hundreds of petitioners, parents and learners will descend on these schools to register their learners.  They will be at Fochville Hoerskool at 07: 30 and then move to Lorsberg Primary at 08: 30 . “ Statement issued by Sithembele Tshwete, Senior Media Officer, Gauteng Legislature, January 17 2012 –

Afrikaans schools ordered to stop denying black learners’ right to be instructed in English

 

This kind of aggression by large numbers of violence-driven, loudly chanting black adults targetting very young Afrikaans children and their parents at the few remaining schools  which still have Afrikaans-language instruction alongside English — has happened before: in April 2010:

AFRIKAANS SCHOOLS UNDER SIEGE BY CIVIL SERVANTS: PICTURE: SARIE MAGAZINE

Afrikaans Primary School occupied by striking teachers Aug 21 2010

In the entire year of 2010 it was  countrywide pattern – socalled ‘striking civil servants” arrived in loudly aggressive, organised groups, rushed towards the school gates of mainly Afrikaans-language primary- and high-schools countrywide – and tried to break them down and take over the classrooms – terrying the children inside out of their wits.  At most besieged schools, the parents were prepared and had organised unarmed self-defence units – and fists were flying, tempers were fraying while the parents were shoved around  and the children were hiding in classrooms, frightened by all the violence and aggression. At the Verwoerd Primary School in Parys, Free State, above, the local SAPS was even called in to stop the strikers from assaulting the parents.

http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2010/08/striking-civil-servants-call-for.html

http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=275526&sn=Marketingweb+detail&pid=90389

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

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