School disruptions unacceptable - statement by Mr Ntopile Kganyago, MP (UDM Education Spokesperson) (17 September 2010)

The UDM condemns in the strongest possible terms the current disruptions of matric prelim exams across the country. It must be noted that these illegal, irresponsible and violent disruptions are orchestrated by an organisation that is aligned to the ruling party. Once more we have ANC alliance partners disrupting a school programme that has already suffered this year from a protracted violent strike by teachers.

It is especially frustrating that the nonsensical and unreasonable demands are supposedly being made out of concern for this year’s matrics, whereas in actual fact these hypocrites are further undermining learners who already have a disadvantage.

The ANC’s inability to keep its alliance partners from trashing the country makes a mockery of the so-called mass democratic movement. There is nothing democratic or constitutional about the violence and coercion that accompanies these Tripartite Alliance-fuelled protests.

The person who styles him or herself as a ‘leader’, but then goes into a school and prevents a matric learner from writing an exam, is nothing but a criminal and a thug. Whenever we have debates about the youth, everybody, including the ANC professes great concern for the youth... but where is the ANC government now to protect the youth from these criminals and thugs who are stealing their education?