protestPretoria News reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has slammed proposed legislation aimed at banning protests outside schools and institutions of learning and care for minor children.  

General secretary Mugwena Maluleke said on Sunday:  “The problem is that it is informed by racial intention to keep (Afrikaans-medium) schools lily white and stop South Africa from achieving transformation.  That is the weakness of political parties protecting white privilege.”  He was reacting to a notice Parliament published inviting the public to make written submissions on a proposed bill aimed at prohibiting public gatherings near schools and other institutions for minor children.  The private member’s bill is to be introduced by Anton Alberts of the Freedom Front Plus.  The bill was apparently sparked by protests at Overvaal High School, Gauteng, earlier this year.  Alberts said:  “As things stand at present, the rights of peace-loving citizens, and in particular learners, are being disregarded as their safety is jeopardised by the nature of protests actions.”

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