The EFF in Gauteng say there is an urgent need to “review all education laws to radically usher in safe, quality, violence-free and education-free schools” across the board.
The party’s call comes in the wake of a series on incidents which saw the drowning of 13-year-old learners Enoch Mpianzi and Keamohetswe Shaun Seboko last week, as well as younger fatalities at a Limpopo school Wednesday.
“We are unhappy with the Provincial Education department’s stance that their investigations take three months as standard practice. Death is not standard. Seboko’s death is suspicious,” the EFF said.
“School security in Gauteng is an extremely serious problem and the Provincial Government must take charge of all matters of security by advancing progressive laws, regulation and policy to ensure practical measures – plus insourcing of all security related matters across all schools.”
It added that beyond the deaths, schools are vandalized, torched and learners, along with teachers are harassed and abused.
“Society as a whole must put an end to the massive, inhumane and unacceptable violation of children’s rights, now resulting in death, which is the ultimate price to pay for the education department failures in Gauteng,” said the EFF.
“The life of a Black child matters and as a priority it must not be compromised as it has been the norm for many years.”
The EFF demanded that the SAPS inquest into Seboko’s death considers murder as the first charge. They must pursue a thorough, swift and efficient investigation which must result in arrests.
In Limpopo, seven-year-old Sello Fortunate Mohale and five-year-old Rethabile Nakana were killed when a truck delivering food to Lekgolo Primary School crashed into a wall which then collapsed on the two pupils Wednesday.
While in KZN, gunmen posing as parents opened fire Wednesday at the Buhlebethu Primary School in Inanda township wounding a teacher.
And two learners at the Old Mill Secondary School in the King Cetshwayo District stabbed each other on the school premises Thursday.