DA condemns abusive bullying of learners at Fish Hoek High School

Issued by Cilliers Brink MP – DA National Spokesperson
04 Nov 2022 in News

Please find attached an English and an Afrikaans soundbite by Cilliers Brink MP.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) unequivocally condemns the abusive and racialised bullying allegedly directed at learners of Fish Hoek High School on Monday. The demonising of people, particularly of children, on the basis of race has absolutely no place in our constitutional democracy. It is also completely unacceptable that teachers were barred from the compulsory “diversity course” where learners were allegedly abused, and that learners were prohibited from leaving the room or raising objections.

Genuine and constructive conversations about diversity will never succeed if they are conducted in an environment of bullying.

The DA welcomes that the “diversity courses” have been suspended by the Western Cape Government. We will also urgently engage the political leadership of the province with an eye towards holding accountable the individuals responsible and abolishing courses used to bully and racially indoctrinate learners. No learner should ever have to go through this type of bullying at the hands of adults and the DA will take swift corrective action.