The National Assembly (NA) this afternoon approved the controversial Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill which the DA vowed earlier today to challenge “all the way to the Constitutional Court”.
At 12.15 today the DA, ACDP, FF+ and civil society groups united outside Parliament to protest against the forcing of the bill which makes Grade R compulsory and regulates issues like the language policy at schools and home-schooling.
In a press statement the DA says it is preparing its own legal challenge to the bill “to prevent education capture” and is also reaching out to other organisations which have indicated they too will go to court. Ir says it aims to unite the groups to mount “the biggest education court case South Africa has ever seen”.
“This Bill will empower the ANC to capture, corrupt and collapse our schools – just as it has done in other sectors of society,” says the party.
In a speech during today’s plenary session of Parliament, ACDP MP Marie Sukers, who has been a vocal opponent of the bill said: “The ANC is a dying party that is pushing a dead bill. She said it will be struck down in court.
She said: “It died when the vast majority South Africans making submissions rejected your Bill and you didn’t tell us that. This Bill died when you ignored public comment and failed to present the views of the public to the committee in a matrix or any comprehensive document.”
Sukers also said: “This Bill will be the first step to nationalise our ECD sector. It will open the door for money to be quickly sent to your [ANC] friends. This government’s plans show billions will go to organised labour and Gogos will go without jobs. Tenderpreneurs will build classrooms at schools you control and independent ECDs will fall into ruin. Your friends will get fat, the people will starve.”
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