DA Youth criticises Cosas for singling out Western Cape
THE Democratic Alliance Youth has slammed the Congress of SA Students for its planned protests against the closure of 27 schools in Western Cape, calling it a political point-scoring exercise at the expense of the poor.
DA Youth leader Makashule Gana said the ANC-aligned student body was taking its cue from the ANC Youth League, which had made known its intention to make the province ungovernable.
The ANCYL and Cosas have threatened to stage protests, including the blockading of roads.
Gana said: "It is time for Cosas and the ANC Youth League to grow up and stop playing politics with the lives of poor young people. If Cosas was really driven by principled opposition to school closures, it would take up our challenge with gusto and launch the same protests in other provinces [too]."
Gana questioned Cosas's silence at the recent announcement by the KwaZulu-Natal education department and their Northern Cape counterparts, where hundreds of schools are due to be shut down, partly because of the rapidly decreasing numbers of pupils.
"But Cosas won't do that because it is only interested in political point scoring," Gana said.
The SA Institute of Race Relations said 1116 schools have been closed in Free State since 2000, 648 in North West, 590 in Eastern Cape, 215 in Mpumalanga, 173 in Limpopo and 111 in Northern Cape.
Cosas provincial secretary Samkelo Mqomboti declared war on the Western Cape on Friday, a few days after the ANCYL said it would launch mass action in retaliation for lack of service delivery. The province's education department said it aimed "to place learners in schools that are better equipped".