Government gambling with children's lives: Maimane

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s decision to reopen schools of the first of June is being questioned in some quarters. One of those is chief activist of the One South Africa movement, Mmusi Maimane. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Chief activist of the One South Africa movement Mmusi Maimane is questioning government's decision to reopen schools.

On Tuesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s confirmed that Grade 7 and 12 pupils will be the first groups to start learning in June.

Maimane has highlighted the department’s failure to meet its own deadline of delivering personal protective equipment and sanitisers to senior management teams.

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He says the decision to reopen schools is government gambling with children’s lives.

"My deep concern is that schools in this country will have crowded classes. We will have hundreds of teachers coming into schools literally without equipment for them to be tested and for us to ensure that these don't become centres upon which the virus can spread," he said.

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The former DA leader says he has launched an online petition which he says has been signed by more 30 000 people against the decision to reopen schools.

"It's not just my own voice as a parent, I have also launched an online petition, where over 30 000 South Africans who have come and said, we reject the idea of schools being reopened."