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The incident took place on the morning of Sunday, 23 October, at the school, when the learners were supposedly on their way to attend the event. The event was part of a good-luck wishes and prayer ceremony initiated by the Bela Bela Mayor, Mr Freddy Hlungwane, for the Matriculants.
Angry COSAS members Messrs Abram Motlhake and Obed Sithole, both branch executive members, together with Waterberg Regional Chair, Mr Moses Ramabusha, and former regional secretary, Mr Jim Sengoane, engaged in an interview with The BEAT, where they expressed their feelings. Provincial executive committee member and head of projects, Mr Thinavhuyo Kola, was also present during the interview.
Motlhake, who managed to attend the event regardless of the alleged incident, was one of the speakers who motivated the learners at the event. He told The BEAT that the principal acted the way he did in his personal capacity, as he is “against the development of the learners and Bela Bela as a whole,” according to Motlhake. “As COSAS, we condemn this attitude presented by the principal in our school and as the Bela Bela branch we promise to make a follow up story on the matter,” he said.
In his response to the accusations, Mr Sithole denied the allegations. He told The BEAT he did not have any contact with the learners or even their educators, especially about the farewell. “Our school farewell took place on Thursday and no other event was planned afterwards since final examinations were to commence on Monday, 24 October. I have no control over events organised by the municipality and I can never refuse for the learners to attend something they want to,” he said.
Meanwhile, Limpopo COSAS provincial spokesperson, Mr Peter Shivhambu, declared that the 2011 matriculants would not be joining the national ANC Youth League march that is scheduled for 28 October at Beyers Naude Square in Johannesburg, Gauteng.
He also wished the matriculants well and encouraged them to have goals and work hard at achieving them.
“As COSAS we strongly believe our country will have an improved pass rate this year especially in Bela Bela, as the learners were well prepared and groomed. To avoid any sort of disturbance to the learners, there will not be any member of COSAS taking part in the march. As the congress we would love to see our country improving in skills and education level and have faith in the learners,” he said.
The Bela Bela branch also made a testimony and promise that they will not be joining the march.
“We are going to pass and prove those who do not believe in us wrong,” Motlhake concluded
6 years ago 27 October 2011