- Mmusi Maimane is opposed to the idea of reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic
- The former DA leader launched a petition against sending kids back to school
- He called the government's plan a "gamble" with the lives of children
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On Tuesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga addressed South Africa on the government's plan to reopen schools.
Motshekga confirmed that the plan remains that schools will open on the 1st of June, with the Minister emphasising that this would include all schools.
Briefly.co.za reported Grade 7 and 12 are still the first phase that will return, with smaller and special schools viewed in a different light.
However, many South Africans parents are not fans about the government's plans and Mmusi Maimane is among them.
Maimane decided to start a petition against the reopening of schools. The former DA leader urged parents to sign the petition against gambling with children's lives.
He wrote on Twitter:
"Let’s stand with parents, let’s stand with teachers, above all let’s stand with the students. We can’t gamble with the lives of our children. We just can’t."
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The petition has already reached its goal of 35 000 signatures in just hours since launching and by looking at the comments, many South Africans agree with Maimane that it is too risky to send kids to school.
Twitter user, @Nkosinathi__, commented:
"Thank you Mr Maimane for being the leader that South Africa so desperately needs."
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