2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


VIOLENCE IN SA SCHOOLS

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY SAM DE BEER, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

The UDM is shocked that so many of our educational institutions have been ravaged by serious violence over the past few weeks. Schools in Alexandra and Kwa-Thema (Gauteng), Ikageng (North West) and Kayelitsha (Western Cape), as well as at the University of Durban Westville (KwaZulu Natal) had been ravaged by eruptions of violence, hooliganism and then, death.

Minister of Education, Prof Kader Asmal, has vowed to stabilise the situation at the schools in Gauteng with measures to eliminate alleged rogue elements. Although the UDM welcomes Minister Asmal's move to address the immediate problem of normalising the volatile situation at these schools, we want to ask the Minister why there seem to be this tendency of violence in our educational institutions across the board. Is there a common denominator?

The UDM would like to know what Minister Asmal plans to do in the long term about violence at educational institutions. The past few weeks have demonstrated that our educational institutions are in deep trouble with regard to violence. It can simply not be accepted that learners must be subjected to potential violent situations while they are supposed to be concentrating on their studies.

The UDM would like to suggest to the Minister, as one solution, to enhance community involvement. His call on parents to get involved to calm the situation in Gauteng is a step in the right direction.

Enquiries:
Sam de Beer, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education

Pretoria
31 May 2000