<TR> <td class=storybody width=200> MEC threatened to ensure the pupils did not succeed with their schooling</TD></TR></TABLE></TD></TR></TABLE></TD></TR> <TR> <td><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=200 border=0>
<TR> <td class=storybody width=200> WHAT THE PUPILS SANG:
Mantashe, stop Malema from amassing tenders while lying to the people</TD></TR></TABLE></TD></TR></TABLE></TD></TR> <TR> <td> </TD></TR></TABLE> THE Congress of South African Students in Limpopo is embroiled in a bitter feud with the MEC for education, Namane Masemola, over an order not to sing anti- Malema songs at a funeral.
Masemola became a subject of criticism after he allegedly called on pupils not to sing songs discrediting ANC Youth League president Julius Malema. Cosas has accused Masemola of threatening them with failure for singing anti-Malema songs at the funeral of Lepelle-Nkumpi municipal manager Spitle Mphahlele at Tooseng village at the weekend.
The pupils, mainly from Kgwadi Moledike Secondary School, said Masemola told them that he would make sure that they did not succeed with their schooling.
Cosas branch secretary in the area Molatelo Thoka said they were disappointed by the ANC’s continued failure to silence Malema’s allies when they sang “divisive songs”.
Thoka said they called for ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe to stop Malema’s “tender influence and insults” in their song.
He said their action was in defence of their leader, Lehlogonolo Masoga, who was outvoted at the controversial Makhado conference.
Thoka said they sang; "Tate Mantashe thibela Malema kamo ke di tender kamo ke maaka" – meaning Mantashe stop Malema from amassing tenders while lying to the people.
Education department spokesperson Pat Kgomo yesterday declined to comment on the alleged incident, saying Masemola spoke about it in his capacity as deputy provincial chairperson of the ANC.
Masemola could not be reached for comment as he was said to be in Johannesburg for a meeting.
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