It is unacceptable for a school to exploit its learners by putting them in life-threatening circumstances on a public road in protest against the poor facilities at their school – in this way, they are not only endangering the lives of the learners, but also those of motorists.
What is even more disturbing is the growing tendency in South Africa to intimidate and victimise innocent citizens through violent protest actions as a result of the ANC government’s incompetency and poor service delivery.
This morning, Mr Jaco Mulder, the FF Plus leader in Gauteng, was forced to slam on the brakes of his car to avoid an accident when a group of riotous learners in school wear stormed in front of cars on a public road in an attempt to block the road.
The incident took place at around 09:00 near the Brandvlei crossing in the Randfontein district outside Tarlton. A group of approximately one hundred young learners, clothed in maroon shirts and grey pants, stood next to the road with placards and then they suddenly started to move onto the road in front of oncoming traffic. Several cars were forced to brake. Some of the cars had to come to a complete standstill while others slowly navigated their way through the group of learners. Some of the children hit the cars with the palms of their hands and fists – including Mr Mulder’s car. (Click on the following link https://www.facebook.com/VFplus/videos/10156888804279453/ to view the video-clip)
Mr Mulder was on his way to Stilfontein for a meeting with the provincial leader of the FF Plus in North West, Mr Michal Groenewald.
The situation in South Africa has now reached a highpoint that is reminiscent of the sixties when children were used as cannon fodder in the fight against the then government. How ironic that children are now used once again, but in this case, against the ANC.
Mr Mulder will lodge a complaint with the Gauteng Education Department against the principal of the Ithuleng Secondary School in Brandvlei, Mr Piet Baloiy, who allegedly incited the learners to protest in this way against the shortage of classrooms at their school.
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