Motshekga condemns attack on parent at Vereeniging school

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says anyone unhappy about school policies need to raise their concerns through relevant channels.

Police guard the Hoërskool Overvaal  in Vereeniging where EFF members are protesting the school's admission policy on 17 January 2018. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga condemned the attack of a parent by an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporter at Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging.

She says anyone unhappy about school policies need to raise their concerns through relevant channels.

The minister has reacted to Wednesday’s protest while visiting a school in the North West.

Minister Motshekga says that no one has the right to attack another person.

She says that while the safety of pupils and teachers is vital, those who drop them off at schools should never feel threatened by protesters.

Motshekga made the comments ahead of a walkabout at the Hebron Technical School, where she’s motivating pupils to improve last years’ matric pass rate.

This week, the High Court in Pretoria ruled against the Gauteng Education Department which has instructed the school to admit 55 English speaking pupils at the Afrikaans only school.

EFF supporters say they are there to show their displeasure with what they deem the Department of Education's slow pace in transforming schools.

Azwi Ratshitangane says that black pupils are being discriminated against.

The party says it wants the school to admit black pupils and adopt English as a medium of instruction.

EFF supporters have now been joined by African National Congress members.

Meanwhile, lobby group AfriForum says the conflict should be blamed squarely on Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

AfriForum’s Ian Cameron says there was no need for today’s protest.

Schooling has resumed as scheduled.