The Congress of South African Students - COSAS - led a march on Friday to draw attention to the condition of schools in the country. The initiated a national shutdown of schools so the students could join in the march.
Students joined in on the march that was watched over by the police to ensure there was no violence.
COSAS organised the march and they headed to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to hand over a memorandum to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
However, South Africans were upset by a remark by the president of COSAS, John Macheke.
Macheke said teachers who attempt to teach on Friday will be confronted with violence.
Each and every teacher who will go to a classroom and try to teach while schools are being closed we will ‘moer’ that teacher and they must be expelled from their own school and the principal must be fired because you cannot teach in a school that is not conjunctive for learning.
Wandile Mofokeng, COSAS’ Gauteng provincial chairperson was interviewed on television and when asked about the remark, he said that if it was necessary, it would happen.
The march went off without any serious incidents although people ran away when they saw the students marching and singing struggle songs dating back to the apartheid years.
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