- The Mpumalanga Department of Education has recorded 73 instances of vandalism and torching
- MEC Bonakele Majuba has some interesting theories as to why this has been occurring
- The politician has blamed apartheid for the damage and destruction carried out against schools
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Mpumalanga Education MEC Bonakele Majuba has an unexpected theory as to why 73 schools in his province have been torched and vandalised.
Speaking during the Education Department's budget vote debate, Majuba blamed apartheid for the damage done.
The incidents had all occurred during the national Covid-19 lockdown and the Freedom Front Plus had wanted to know if a lack of discipline had led to violence aimed at schools, writes the Rekord East.
In response to this, Majuba had commented that apartheid, not a lack of discipline, is to blame:
“Apartheid has taught our people that when they want something, they must resort to violent behaviour and that is why the schools are being torched. Our people had to fight for everything that they have and due to apartheid, that is now part of our culture.”
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The Highvelder reports that the FF+ feels that, nearly three decades later, apartheid can no longer be used as an excuse:
“In effect, Majuba is equating the current ANC government with apartheid seeing as the youth still needs to resort to violence to get what they want. The time has come for the ANC in Mpumalanga to stop using apartheid as an excuse and to start taking responsibility for its own actions.”
The party has asked the MEC to detail how this era in time could still have an impact on the ANC's decisions.
Briefly.co.za reported that the issue was widespread in SA amid the lockdown, with over 367 schools affected nationwide.
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