The FF Plus has taken a stand against a proposal from the Education MEC in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, that he wants to set up a committee that will monitor all schools, teachers and learners for any alleged racism.
Anton Alberts, a FF Plus member of the Gauteng provincial legislature, said the announcement was unplanned and happened in an exchange of views between Lesufi, himself and Amanda de Lange, a FF Plus MPW, during the education department’s budget debate .
“The FF Plus strongly opposes any such policing body that will spy on schools, teachers and learners. It is reminiscent of the Stasi espionage service in East Germany and has no place in a free democracy.
“Of course, this is a sign of the ANC’s Marxist DNA where all aspects of society must be regulated to the finest detail and where those who do not fall into it must be prosecuted and destroyed,” Alberts said.
He says creating such a committee is also outside the department’s mandate and if any cases of racism occur, it is normal protocol for the department to investigate it after a complaint has been filed. If necessary, the necessary steps are then taken.
“There is no justification for creating a police group that constantly spies on the entire school community to catch someone out on racism.”
Alberts also said that given the ANC and Lesufi’s position on race, the body could be abused to sniff out white on black racism while opposite racism simply would not receive attention.
“This reaffirms the racial obsession that Lesufi has as a person without really trying to understand the white and especially multiracial Afrikaans school community. The irony is that such a body, if it were to strike equilibrium, would soon charge Lesufi himself, given his racist view of the African community. “
Alberts said Lesufi did not elaborate on the implementation of any such committee.