A social media post accusing Gauteng MEC for education, Panyaza Lesufi and the ruling party, as sell-outs and a political opportunists, has gone viral fueling the ongoing debate about exclusion of black people in some white, Afrikaans anchored, schools.
Styled as an open letter of sort, the post bears Cde Nthabiseng Koza Wa Mahlobogoane as an author and argues that Lesufi’s focus on white schools is misguided. He must dedicate equal if not more energy in making township schools work.
It comes amidst the unfolding conflict around Hoërskool Overvaal which is accused of excluding black learners on the basis it is anchored on Afrikaans and the concerned learners need to be taught in English.
Here is the full post:
By Cde Nthabiseng Koza Wa Mahlobogoane
What would happen if you spent all of 2018 fixing township schools, insisting on your teachers to get free extra training, resourcing our schools, and growing balls to tackle South African Democratic Student Union (SADTU)?
I will tell you. Our children won’t have to be woken up in the wee hours of the morning, to be squashed like sardines in mini buses, travel long distances, sometimes not even making it to the school cos the taxi breaks down or is involved in an smash. They won’t arrive at school tired and miserable, struggling to soak in what is being taught, won’t have to face racism and be exposed to your grandstanding masqueraded as sorting the white establishment out.
I will tell you this as well. Parents would save at least R1000.00 per month from transport costs etc. The township economy would be boosted by the children’s people selling snacks and lunches at the schools. Our children would not be pawns in your games. I am gatvol with you and political party’s nonsense. You signed these crap laws and constitution and made sure whites retain everything, you carried over you 80s slogan of education on the back burner and the lie of freedom first into democracy. We haven’t forgotten that you guys didn’t struggle to be poor and are thus you all do what benefits you and yours. An illiterate citizenry serves your goals very well akere. Now you act as though whites sprung racism on you while you were sleeping.
In 2018 education for a black child is still a privilege. When do you stop and put Black people first? When do you stop looking for publicity and get actual work done? Why must our children beg for assimilation? Why cant you bring the same resources that white schools have into townships?
We can build a holiday resort for one family, why cant we have the best money can offer for our children? I am so sick of you. You are so strange, fighting with whites to take your children into their spaces, turn them into amoebas who don’t know who they are instead of learning from them how they took their non language and made it as best as it is. You are about black this, black that but fight for future generations to be taught by our oppressors in their foreign languages and thus perpetuating this destruction of black identity. Instead of fixing our township schools and our children can be taught in their mother tongue, you are helping keep white culture as the best. You are a hot mess and uyanyanyisa.
One gatvol Mama
We resolved to publish this piece after careful ethical considerations. While we cant authenticate its origins, based on the debates it has created on social media spaces, we concluded that publishing it is in the interest of the public and more importantly we were comforted by the fact that it does not appear to have malicious intent.