The Western Cape Provincial
Parliament convened on Thursday, 27 August, to debate the efficacy of the
Department of Education, following a surge of heated demonstrations throughout
Within moments of his opening
remark, African National Congress Education Spokesperson Theo Olivier accused
the Democratic Alliance of failing to provide safe transport and functional
school infrastructure for working class learners.
He concluded his statement by
repeatedly demanding that Minister of Education Beverley Schäfer resign
In his response, DA member of
Provincial Legislature Lennit Max argued that problems with transportation and
infrastructure, particularly for students in rural areas, are remnants of the
Apartheid educational system improperly addressed when the ANC controlled the
Western Cape prior to 2009.
“The ANC only managed to
replace 36 schools when they were in power, but the DA has already replaced almost
twice as many schools, 56 in number.” Max added.
Max’s speech was frequently
interrupted by swells of shouting, derisive laughter, and consistent murmur
from frustrated ANC members.
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