Lesufi said he was aware of the trends of organisations like AfriForum which believe, selectively, that they can defend people who are doing wrong things.
“We cannot fold our arms and say it is normal. If a court found them guilty and another court did not find them guilty, there is another court that must prove whether they are guilty or not and we urge the NPA to go and attend to that matter urgently,” Lesufi said.
Lesufi said he was going to monitor this case.
“There is a trend in this country where racists believe they can do as they please. They can go on top of police vans. They can undermine the law, go to court, intimidate the magistrate and do as they wish. That time is over.”
Meanwhile, AfriForum said the “chaotic and ineffective” school placement process for the 2021 academic year was proof that the department was not able to fulfill this function effectively and that the placement of pupils should be handled by schools themselves.
It said Lesufi should be focusing on quality education rather than on petty attacks on AfriForum regarding issues that had nothing to do with education.
Natasha Venter, AfriForum’s adviser on education rights, said the online registration system, as well as the placement process, had, as in the past, again caused a lot of problems.
“Some parents for example contacted AfriForum after they had received messages that their children had been placed at their second or third choice of school, while the school of first choice had already accepted that child on its placement list.
“This creates the impression that the school of first choice is already full, while these children will in truth be attending another school,” Venter said.
She said this could mean that affected schools will not be filled to capacity.
“It therefore seems to AfriForum as though the Gauteng department of education is trying to manipulate the process,” Venter said.
Venter said AfriForum will continue to put pressure on the department to give more power to schools and governing bodies to handle their own school placements.