Coronavirus: Lesufi slams schools after snubbing plan for homeless

Coronavirus: Lesufi slams schools after snubbing plan for homeless

- Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has slammed Gauteng school governing bodies

- This comes after plans to temporarily house homeless citizens in hostels amid the coronavirus outbreak

- Lesufi questioned why the SGBs had refused his initial solution to the province's dire need for shelter

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Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has slammed Gauteng School Governing Boards for refusing to allow homeless citizens to take shelter in hostels.

Lesufi had been at the forefront of ensuring the vulnerable in his province were taken care of during the coronavirus national lockdown.

Sadly, the politician revealed that the plan had hit a hurdle when it came to getting schools on board:

"It’s a shame that we’ve to place fellow South Africans in tents while public assets like boarding schools are standing empty because self-centred SGBs are refusing to open up schools to accommodate our people. Is it because homeless people are half-human beings?"

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The state was forced to erect tents for citizens who simply had nowhere to go during this uncertain time in South Africa.

With the SA Police Service and SA National Defence Forced ensuring that strict restrictions are adhered to, it was a recipe for disaster to allow the homeless to wander the streets.

Briefly.co.za reported that Lesufi's initial response to this dilemma was to temporarily house these citizens in school hostels, releasing a list of schools that had been earmarked for exactly this purpose.

Now, reports of homeless citizens being turned away from the shelters make more sense, with the schools refusing to open their hearts and doors to the less fortunate.

Perhaps Lesufi should release a similar list, only this time detailing the schools who had refused to offer assistance so that South Africa can see who clearly doesn't understand the concept of ubuntu.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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