Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi’s proposed advisory council to investigate teachers and learners for racism is unconstitutional.
Lesufi told the Gauteng provincial legislature last month that he wanted to set up a committee to monitor the education sector in the province for racism.
Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ national chairman, said on Friday that according to the written answer that the party received from Lesufi, the reason for creating the council is because white people are racist towards black people.
“No mention is made of black on white racism. It is therefore very clear to the FF Plus that the council will be established in order to investigate white teachers and learners in a one-sided manner without regard to reverse discrimination and racism, ”Alberts said.
“The FF Plus therefore regards the creation of the council as unconstitutional as it unilaterally and arbitrarily discriminates against white teachers and learners and will lodge a complaint about this with the Human Rights Commission (HRC).”
Alberts says the planned frame of reference of the proposed council uses examples such as the exclusion of black learners from schools and the use of language and religion to exclude certain learners as a rationale for the establishment of the council.
“This in itself serves as proof that the proposed council will also be used to collect so-called data to target non-English-speaking schools in order to change their language policy based on incidents of racism.”
Alberts says it is actually just a so-called ANC code to join Afrikaans schools and force all schools to become multilingual, which in turn will lead to eventual English-language schools. The FF Plus says that it regards the proposed council only as an instrument that must hasten the destruction of Afrikaans and other non-English language schools.
“The irony of this is that Afrikaans parents’ tax money is used to create the council and pay its members who are aimed at helping to destroy their language and culture, while Afrikaans schools already make up only 6% of all schools in Gauteng.
“It is clear that Lesufi’s obsession with racial politics has given birth to another polarizing threat, this time in the form of a Soviet – era racist police spying on innocent people.”
The FF Plus says that it will do everything possible to stop the establishment of the council.