May 23, 2016

#CulturalGenocide: Right-wing party urges parents to seek private and home schooling after ConCourt ruling

23 May, 2016: timeslive
A right wing political party on Monday encouraged parents to “find alternatives to government schooling” after a court ruling‚ it says‚ “takes away a significant proportion of school governing bodies’ powers”.

“Such alternatives include the establishment of private schools and home schooling‚” Front National South Africa spokesperson Daniël Lötter said of the Constitutional Court ruling on Friday in favour of the Gauteng Department of Education regarding school admissions regulations.

“The ruling means that single medium schools will be forced to accept learners who cannot speak the language‚ consequently forcing these schools to become parallel-medium which‚ in turn‚ as proven by history‚ inevitably leads to the school adopting English as only means of tuition‚” Lötter said.

“This is a preposterous infringement of the very constitutional right of the learner to be educated in his/her mother tongue and will lead to the rights of minority groups once again being trampled underfoot by politicians hiding their agenda behind the constitution.

“If a court ruling means that the linguistic and cultural uniqueness of minority groups are under attack‚ we will find alternatives by education our children by ourselves.”

Lötter lamented that powers the school governing bodies had lost because of the court ruling had been transferred it to Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi.

In a Facebook comment following Friday’s ruling‚ Lesufi said: “We WON! Thanks ConCourt‚ today we finally broke the backbone of apartheid planning‚” he said.
Lesufi said Gauteng schools now belong to all children‚ not just the privileged few.
“The judgment empowers us‚ as government‚ to declare new feeder zones thus‚ burying the transitional 5km radius! No parent will be asked a salary slip before their children are admitted in our schools! The best gift as we observe the 40th anniversary of the 16th June Uprisings! Also a fitting tribute by Justice Moseneke in his last judgement as member of the ConCourt.”
The Federation of Governing Bodies of South Africa had appealed a court ruling in favour of the Gauteng department on amendments to the admissions regulations.
The federation wanted the regulations removed because they were not reasonable and justifiable in terms of the Gauteng Schools Education Act of 1995. The federation said there was conflict in regulations between provincial and national legislation.
The court ruled that there was not conflict between the two sets of regulations.

Cultural Genocide:
Cultural genocide is a term used to describe the deliberate destruction of the cultural heritage of a people or nation for political, military, religious, ideological, ethnical, or racial reasons.
Relevance to International Law
As early as 1933, Raphael Lemkin proposed a cultural component to genocide, which he called "vandalism".[1] However, the drafters of the 1948 Genocide Convention dropped that concept from their consideration.[2] The legal definition of genocide was confined to acts of physical or biological destruction with intent to destroy a racial, religious, ethnic or national group as such.[3]
Article 7 of the United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (26 August 1994)[4] uses the phrase "cultural genocide" but does not define what it means. The complete article reads as follows:
Indigenous peoples have the collective and individual right not to be subjected to ethnocide and cultural genocide, including prevention of and redress for:
(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
(b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
(c) Any form of population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
(d) Any form of assimilation or integration by other cultures or ways of life imposed on them by legislative, administrative or other measures;
(e) Any form of propaganda directed against them.

In South Africa, the Afrikaner community has expressed dismay towards the ANC government's stance on Afrikaner cultures. A particular thorny issue is education, the government favours a dual-medium language system, english-Afrikaans institutions rather than single-medium Afrikaans institutions. The argument of many Afrikaners is that English will eventually dominate and Afrikaans will lose relevance in these respective establishments. Another controversial issue is the renaming of places, streets and monuments in South Africa. In many cases, boergeneral names are replaced by those of ANC freedom fighters. Similarly the english-speaking white community is affected. Jan Smuts international airport reverted to becoming Or Thambo international airport. There are also plans to rename Grahamstown(regarded by many as the heartland of anglo-African culture in South Africa) with an indigenous African name.

Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be thedisintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups.


"We are not talking about apartheid now...We are talking about vandalizing and diminishing peoples history. All over the world where people tried to diminish a groups history, GENOCIDEFOLLOWED" ~SABC-TV journalist