Tom Stokes, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Education
ZUMA’S comments at an ANC rally in Mpumalanga, denigrating Helen Zille’s call for an investigation into the accuracy of this year’s matric marks, is the cry of a desperate man seeking to hold on to power.
To accuse Zille of racism for challenging education statistics that paint a rosy picture of our education system is a cynical play of the race card to deflect attention from the real fact and to create divisions in our country: hardly something expected from a president.
The truth of the matter is that the overwhelming number of White children attend good schools and receive excellent teaching while the overwhelming number of Black children attend under-resourced school with less qualified teachers. Any attempt to deny this, or to pretend that matters have improved greatly over one year – as the fabulous 2013 matric results suggest – merely diffuses any urgency in fixing the Black schools and delays the day when we van proudly say that all our children are receiving equal treatment.
In stark contrast to Zuma’s reckless utterances at the rally is Zille’s clear, concerned statesmanship. No wonder more and more people believe that it is time for Zuma to go.