AfriForum mobilises countrywide for public consultation on schools bill
16 February 2022
AfriForum is mobilising its structures countrywide to oppose the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill which will be available for public consultation in March 2022. This follows after the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Basic Education decided that such a process should be undertaken again.
This civil rights organisation regards the bill as part of the ANC government’s hate campaign against Afrikaans children and schools. For more than five years, AfriForum has been objecting to the planned legislation which inter alia aims at centralising decisions on schools’ admission and language policies in the hands of the state, instead of the communities in which the schools are located. Despite overwhelming public objection in this regard, these proposals remain part of every new version of the bill.
“The ANC government is hungry for power and has for example by means of the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, made its hatred of Afrikaans and aversion to Afrikaans education quite clear,” says Alana Bailey, AfriForum’s Head of Cultural Affairs.
She mentions that AfriForum’s legal opinion is ready for submission and that the organisation will mobilise its members on a large scale to participate in the public consultation process on the bill.