The EFF condemns the rampant vandalism of schools amidst National Lockdown to combat Covid-19, as it is self-destructive and a criminal behavior that impose the future of millions of South Africans in risk.
It is reported that 379 schools have been vandalized to date since National Lockdown began.
“These attacks on our schools are characterized by massive damage to infrastructure, the burning of classrooms, theft of computers and loss of important learning related documents,” EFF said on the statement.
The party said it is saddening that these criminal acts are done in the most vulnerable and needy communities, with township and rural school being targeted.
“This means those who need education the most, in order to alleviate their conditions and those of their communities will find themselves without centers of education after lockdown,” EFF said.
EFF said these terrorism against the Basic education sector need to be taken serious and questions must be raised as to how this spike vandalism occurs while there is increase presence of law enforcement on the streets.
EFF condemns the rampant vandalism said those who are apprehended for committing these crimes must face harsh sentence for compromising future of young South Africans and placing a heavy financial burden to law enforcement agencies.
“Communities must band together to defend centers of education as they are beacon of hope for their children,” Party said.
To destroy schools is to further condemn poor black South Africans to poverty and illiteracy.
They alluded that it is responsibility of members of community to assist in identifying and arresting those who subject people to a fate of hopelessness and illiteracy.
“We call on all EFF members to be vigilant in fighting criminality that jeopardizes the future of our children,” EFF stated.
Schools must be defended from thuggery that undermines the developmental prospects of South Africa.