Racist Lesufi must renounce BELA comments immediately – Bax Nodada – POLITICS

DA MP says it is clear that MEC plans on using legislation for his racial crusade against Afrikaans

Racist Lesufi must renounce BELA comments immediately

19 June 2022

Note to editors: Please find attached an English soundbite by Baxolile ‘Bax’ Nodada MP, and an Afrikaans soundbite by Desiree van der Walt MP, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Education.

The DA calls on Panyaza Lesufi, MEC for Education in Gauteng, to formally renounce his position and comments on the BELA bill which seeks to scapegoat Afrikaans and mother tongue education.

It is clear that Lesufi plans to use the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) bill for his racial crusade to vilify Afrikaans in schools. This bill, which seeks to remove the powers of School Governing Bodies (SGBs) and, after an appeal, leave them at the mercy of MECs like Lesufi, is only a tool to further discriminate against Afrikaans as a language and its speakers.

Effectively, under BELA, heads of provincial education departments and MECs for Education will, after appeal, make the final decision on admissions and language policies of schools – and not SGBs.

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