Lesufi accidentally gives away the actual purpose of the planned BELA legislation
21 June 2022
Today during a session of the Gauteng Legislature, the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, continued his onslaught on Afrikaans schools. He let it slip that the planned BELA legislation is solely aimed at transforming, and thus destroying, Afrikaans schools.
Lesufi once again lashed out at Afrikaans schools, which comprised a mere 6% of all schools in Gauteng in 2019, and equated the language to a form of racist exclusion, implying that the Afrikaans school community is racists.
He made it very clear that the planned BELA legislation will be used to transform all single- and parallel-medium Afrikaans schools to schools where at least three different languages are simultaneously used as medium of instruction. It is not feasible and in truth, it is solely aimed at eradicating all Afrikaans public schools from Gauteng.
It is becoming more and more evident that the BELA Bill's existence centres around transforming Afrikaans schools only. Based on Lesufi's statements, no other schools are on the radar.