The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has bashed the African National Congress (ANC) for acting like a headless chicken towards the implementation of the wishes of South Africans as prescribed in the Freedom Charter – which the party said is “a direct result of their fear of white people”.
The party described the Zuma-led administration as a black majority government that has continued to protect and pamper white supremacy and refusing to send a strong message to white supremacists that their dominance is a thing of the past.
The opposition party’s assertions come after pupils at the Pretoria Girls High School were subjected to a series of racist treatments. Girls in the school alleged that they were barred from speaking their native language, wearing African hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids.
Not only that, they also alleged that a teacher dubbed them monkeys while they were in class chanting. A pupil claimed she was barred from writing her exam because her hair was “spiky” and “unkempt”.
As obtained by Buzzsouthafrica, the controversial code of conduct stipulates thus:
— I am an African (@Clint_ZA) August 28, 2016
Speaking further, EFF spokesperson Fana Mokoena said:
“It is deeply saddening that 22 years into democracy‚ there are still institutions of any kind that still seek to directly suppress blackness in its aesthetics and culture. This is a direct result of a society still struggling with transformation and failing to address white hegemony.
A white minority culture is still so dominant that it can decree on a black majority what they should look like and how they should behave. This culture is as old as slavery itself and does not belong in a democratic dispensation such as ours.”
Mokoena thanked the young black women at Pretoria Girls High for fighting for their rights and exemplifying what true leadership is. Students of the school had on Sunday staged a protest against moves to have every black hair “straightened’ amid threats from security personnel.
Meanwhile, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is expected to visit the school this morning while education authorities are expected to probe Pretoria High School for Girls, for the allegation.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that a petition circulated against the school has garnered 4 201 signatures by early Monday morning.