The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) in Gauteng has condemned what it calls the “horrid” escalation of school violence in Gauteng and other provinces, saying this can only be linked to the government’s morally skewed laws.
ACDP Gauteng chairperson Lesiba Molokomme attributed the violence in schools to the ANC government’s decision of taking God out of schools and stripping parents of their rights to discipline their children the best way they know how.
“If these are not reversed, this country’s future generations will have total disregard for human life,” Molokomme said.
There has been huge outcry after teenagers stabbed and killed a 19-year-old Mondeor High School pupil, Kulani Mathebula, yesterday.
Several incidents involving the fatal stabbing of pupils, teachers and even community members at schools or near schools have been reported countrywide since the beginning of this year. An education expert has attributed it to a culture of non-accountability.
But Molokomme has lain the blame squarely on government’s shoulders, particularly its policies at schools.
“It is so sad that the country is mourning yet another death of a learner, Kulani Mathebula, of Mondeor high school who died at the hands of fellow learners. The ACDP wishes to convey its deepest condolences to the family. The ACDP believes that some of the laws of this country channel the society into believing good is evil and evil is good,” Molokomme said.
According to him, some laws were only meant to bring curses and tears upon the nation.
“It is also unfortunate that some of the parliamentarians now, unashamedly, hold appalling views that their parents actually abused them when they were instilling good moral conduct in them. Our schools are being turned into rings of bullying. Teachers and learners alike are no longer safe at a place seen to be the secondary foundation of moral uprightness. What kind of generation are we building when teachers can’t freely teach and parents are scared of their own children?” he said.
He said the ACDP was the party that spoke against lawlessness in South Africa while all other parties were “happy with the skewed laws”.
“It is for this reason that we urge all the pro-good morals and society-conscious South Africans to give the ACDP their votes on May 8, as we are the only party that can reverse these social ills. We urge all Christians to unite in the coming elections for Godly governance.”
Meanwhile, the Soweto-based Each One Teach One Foundation expressed shock and dismay at Mathebula’s brutal murder.
The organisation extended its support and condolences to his family members, school management as well as the Gauteng Department of Education and assure them of support.
“We also welcome the speedy and swift arrests of three suspects who are suspected to be school children as well. This calls for parental and community involvement in education. Our community must be involved in the upbringing of our children,” said organisation spokesperson Thulani Malatsi.
The organisation expressed concern about reports of bullying and school fights that came via social media in the past three weeks.
“If these are not attended to, we will find ourselves in such situation and we need a concerted community effort to stop this. The Each One Teach One Foundation will be working hand in hand with the MEC for Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi and other education stakeholders to come with workable solutions of making sure that our schools are secure and safe,” Malatsi said