The incident during which a female teacher was assaulted by two pupils at an unidentified school in Limpopo must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. In fact, we agree with the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) which expresses the organisations’ utter disgust and disappointment at the incident. Authorities must take serious and decisive steps against the culprits.
People, who embark on any kind of protest action for whatever reason, must from the onset be reasonable, caring and most of all, respect, recognise and protect the rights of other members of society who might be affected by their actions and strike.
It cannot be correct that when workers’ unions, organisations, political parties and members of communities go on strike and take to the street to voice their grievances, they embark on violent actions, mowing down, destroy, set alight and burn down anything in their way as part of their way of showing their frustrations.
One of the best ways to fix the dismal functioning and poor financial management in municipalities is by improving the skills and operations of finance officials at these institutions.
The incapabilities of municipalities which have led to the ever-decreasing performance of the local government institutions in the country especially in the Free State and North West provinces have now reached alarming stages which urgently need intervention from national government.
Even if police were to be successful in tracing the three teenage girls who went missing from their homes as far back as January (this year), the fact that the girls could have been victims of the escalating human trafficking in the country is very worrying and disturbing.
Leader of the inter-ministerial committee, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma literally put the matter to bed when she announced yesterday that the national government had now taken over the entire provincial administration of the North West government.
The national government instituted Section 100 and (b) of the Constitution to take full control of the entire North West province following months of protracted protest action which had made the province ungovernable with reports of wild looting of public finances emerging against Premier Supra Mahumapelo.