[lg policy] Effigy of Lesufi 'insult to anyone who believes in non-racial education for all'

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 10:23:49 EDT 2018


effigy of Lesufi 'insult to anyone who believes in non-racial education for
all' 2018-04-25 22:36

Jenni Evans
<https://www.news24.com/>
<https://www.news24.com/sendToFriend.aspx?ifame&aid=ec39cf76-26fa-4af6-a178-029776efb46f&cid=1059>

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was subjected to having an effigy of
himself paraded in Tshwane on Tuesday because of his work towards
equalising education, he said on Wednesday.

"These morons came to our offices to "hang" me! We defeated your racists
grandparents, you are nothing! (sic)" tweeted Lesufi. He added a picture of
a man standing next to an effigy of him.

Lesufi said the incident happened outside the office of Minister of Basic
Education Angie Motshekga on Wednesday morning.

He said an organisation against his moves to integrate Afrikaans and
English schools and guarantee places for school children, regardless of
language policy, was behind it.

*READ: **High Court sets aside bid to have Hoërskool Overvaal admit 55
English-speaking learners*
<https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/breaking-high-court-sets-aside-bid-to-have-hoerskool-overvaal-admit-55-english-speaking-learners-20180115>

"They have been threatening me, and my children in particular, for quite
some time," said Lesufi, who went through something similar in February.

"They have upped it now to this level."

He said he has reported it to police. However, he regards it as "an insult,
not to me, but to those who want equal education for all kids in the
country".

He added that some people were unhappy that he wanted schools to be open
for all children, but would not just leave it at that.

"We've got family. They do all these things to follow me, intimidate me."

*READ: **'My life is at risk, but I am not scared' - Panyaza Lesufi on
threats*
<https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/my-life-is-at-risk-but-i-am-not-scared-panyaza-lesufi-on-threats-20180116>

His children have been told to tell their father "to stop doing what he is
doing".

"I am not worried. I went through worse things during those worse days of
apartheid.

"It (the effigy) is an insult to anyone who believes in non-racial
education for all."
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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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