The Eastern Cape education MEC Mandla Makupula has told students that if they are under 21 and still dependent on their parents/guardians, then they have no rights.
He then also told some of the debating students he was addressing that he didn't believe they had prepared and researched their debates themselves. He told the pupils judging by their ages and the content of their arguments, they were not capable of doing it by themselves without the help of adults.
What it boils down to is that Mr Educashun Makupula is just too dumb to understand what the students were debating, and rather than owning up to his ignorance and IQ67, he accused them of cheating. Eish!
Way to go Mr Minister for Education. Nothing like discouraging kids under your portfolio to not achieve! And in one of the worse-performing provinces for Matric passes (Year 12) in South Africa. Gee, I wonder why as they have such obvious quality in their Education Minister?
But back to the rights of kids. You know, I'm no a Constitutional lawyer or anything (maybe Gossip Girl can help me out here), but doesn't the world-renowned South African Constitution protect the rights of children?? And doesn't the UN have a bill of rights for children? (not that I'm any fan of the UN you understand, but seeing as the ANC is, I would have thought they'd be on top of the rights of this and the rights of that)
As an example of the abuse of rights by children, he cited a case where a Black teenage boy took his father to court a few years back after the father had insisted on sending the boy to an Initiation school. The boy used his rights to refuse to go. Initiation school in South Africa is where Black Xhosa boys are sent to the bush with other Black Xhosa boys and an adult Black Xhosa male for a few weeks; their bodies are smeared with foul smelling clay, and their male appendages are
In any case, the Minister said that his child would never have refused to go, because in his house as he would have beaten his kid over the head with a knobkerrie (knobbed stick) and sent off to Initiation school crying. Again, just the perfect thing to say to a bunch of school kids staring at their Education Minister with big eyes. And then they wonder why there is so much violence in schools and in South African society. Hau!
Ah, don't you love the ANC and their selective outrage about people's rights? During the Apartheid years, school children were actively used by the ANC for political protests and to score cheap political points. If some died, all the better. Then they could use those tug-at-the-heart-string images as propaganda material, to rally up not only political support, but more importantly, financial support from the bleeding hearts abroad. Back then, children rights were championed by the ANC as a very important cause.
Today? Not so much. The ANC are now in power until Jesus comes, so any pretenses about caring can now be dropped.
Hat tip: Clarence W
|Mr Educashun-Knobkerrie Makupula|
WHILE South Africa celebrates human rights month, Eastern Cape education MEC Mandla Makupula told hundreds of students they are not entitled to any rights.
The country celebrates Human Rights Day on March 21, with the entire month dedicated to human rights .
Makupula told pupils at the Bhisho legislature on Saturday no child under the age of 21 who was still dependent on their parents or guardians for food and shelter had any rights.
He was addressing hundreds of high school pupils attending the provincial schools’ debate on premier Noxolo Kiviet’s state of the province address .
The MEC, who was not scheduled to address the pupils, also told the debating pupils he did not believe some of them had prepared and researched their debates themselves. He told the pupils judging by their ages and the content of their arguments, they were not capable of doing it by themselves without the help of adults.
His comments come a month after angry parents walked out of his meeting to resolve teacher shortages across East London schools, where instead he shared jokes about his student years when he used to smoke cigarettes.
“For you, rights come later in life when you are independent, finished studying and have your own place to stay and your own car. That is when you can start talking about rights,” Makupula said.
He cited an example of a King William’s Town boy who took his father to court a few years back after the father had insisted on sending the boy to an initiation school . He said such a thing would have never happen in his home.
“I asked myself what was wrong with that boy. His father did go to the initiation school, but because of the rights now, he did not want to go there himself.
“I wish he could have been my child, I would have hit him on the head with a knobkerrie and he would have gone to that initiation school crying.”
Turning his focus to their debating contest, the MEC said “some of the things said by learners here left me wondering as I do not think it was you speaking”.
“Some of you were more eloquent and articulate standing here in this podium. I could see some things are too much advanced for you to know and say here ,” said Makupula.