Outspoken musician Simphiwe Dana has launched a scathing attack on Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and the ANC‚ following comments by the minister defending the Pretoria Girls High school code of conduct.
According to the SABC‚ the Minister of Basic Education said that there was nothing controversial about the hair policy at Pretoria Girls High School.
The school’s hair policy has sparked widespread anger after pupils embarked on a protest for allegedly being told that they could not wear their Afros naturally. Over the past week the raging debate has captured the nation’s attention.
Motshekga told the SABC that students are free to voice their concerns about school codes of conduct‚ but that these concerns should be discussed internally. “If you look at those rules you can see that they are standard rules that you find in most codes of conduct‚” Motshekga said.
Motshekga’s comments have sparked sharp debate among people and high-profile personalities on social media.
Weighing-in on the debate SA songstress Simphiwe Dana took to Twitter to voice her anger‚ and disbelief over the minister’s comments.
“Waking up to the news that our Minister of Education Angie Motshekga sees nothing wrong with racist policies that discriminate against our children in these schools. Just another proof how the ANC government has failed to deal with racism even though they have had 22 years to do so‚” Dana wrote.
Dana went on to criticise the ANC for having an “archaic and neo-colonial outlook‚” and said that new blood was needed in the party’s leadership.
“ANC we need fresh young blood that understands our agency. Your archaic and neo-colonial outlook just will not do anymore. I hope this statement by the minister will result in fresh protests from all including parents. I am in disbelief‚” Dana wrote.
The hair policy at Pretoria Girls High came under the spotlight this week when black students at the school claimed that they were being told to straighten their natural hair.
The policy led to student protests and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi promising to address the issue‚ and suspend the controversial policy