Education MEC In The Soup For Tweeting Picture Of Children


The Freedom Front Plus says plans are underway to lay charges against Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi for transgressing the Children’s Act.

The party said it will lay the charges at the Centurion police station on Monday.

The party decided to take actions against MEC Panyaza Lesufi, after he posted on his twitter page a photograph of nursery school children, in which a black girl appeared to have been separated from white children.

Speaking, FF Plus Gauteng leader, Anton Alberts, accused the MEC of polarising a volatile, racially-charged environment to get more votes.

This was “race-baiting”. He is taking a situation that is a normal problem and turning it into a racial situation,” he said.

The Centurion nursery school came to light on June 23 after it separated a black girl from her all-white peers.

The 19-month-old baby’s mother posted the picture on Facebook.

A note written by the child’s mother reads: “My beautiful 19-month-year old is made to sit on a table by herself whilst the rest of her class sits cosy on the table next to her, indulging on delectable spread and my poor child sits with just her lunch tin [sic].”

After the incidence, Lesufi visited the school and ordered his department to investigate the matter.

FF Plus Attacks MEC Panyaza Lesufi

In response, Alberts said Lesufi handled the situation wrongly. He said, the MEC was trying to tell people, “Hey! I’m the hero and I am going to show this school they are wrong” – so, he erred “Politically and criminally”.

He said the MEC placed the children in danger because someone could go to the crèche and do something “crazy”. In addition, he said, Lesufi erred in not giving the crèche the opportunity to explain itself.

Albert added: “He will go to jail or face a very high fine. “That will be fitting and also send a strong message [not] to put children in harms’ way.”

Speaking in defense, Lesufi’s spokesperson, Oupa Bodibe, said the department would defend the case and that Lesufi had done nothing illegal.

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Meanwhile, the school principal said her life and her family’s lives have been under threat after the picture went viral.

“I receive racist calls threatening to set my school alight and to come and sort me out. I receive emails calling me inhumane, a racist and an embarrassment to Christians,” she said.