The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the MEC of Education, Peggy Nkonyeni to act swiftly and prevent attacks and threats at schools, after teachers at Ingobamakhosi in Nongoma received death threats from the local community, and are now living in fear.
“This happened after the Department sent a bus to take children from eCelukwazi High School to KwaNomatiyela High School without consulting the community.
Teachers are living in fear because some of the community members have threatened them. This situation needs urgent intervention because it seems as though this is a politically motivated move, as these teachers are working in the IFP stronghold, while the bus comes from an ANC strong hold,” said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL.
“The protection of teachers and learners is paramount as no one can work or learn whilst under threat. The South Africa government has a constitutional obligation to provide a safe learning environment, and to ensure that the country’s educational sector is not threatened by the killing and intimidation of teachers. All role players have to take a stand to stop violence against teachers, and parents need to also take responsibility for the discipline of their children,” continued Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
“When education institutions are targeted or attacked, the damage and resultant consequences can be major and far-reaching,” concluded Madlopha-Mthethwa.
IFP KZN Education Spokesperson,
Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015