Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill: Facts and Uninformed Bias

The Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill seeks to amend the South African Schools Act of 1996. Since its introduction in January 2022, the Bill has been criticised by parents, civil society organisations and opposition Political Parties in the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.

Some of this criticism amounts to uninformed bias and malicious prejudice, rather than fact.

The general confusion over the actual content of the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill, and the malaise of distrust in the intentions of the drafters of the Bill, stems in part from the lack of legal literacy of the average citizen, and in part from the deliberate mechanisation of bias and prejudice against identified minorities, and against the legislature itself, by named agent provocateurs. Their intentions and efforts to disinform the general public can only be characterised as maliciously willful self-interest at the expense of verifiable facts and constructive civil dialogue on vitally important matters affecting minors and their right to education.

We separate the facts from the uninformed bias, and name the provocateurs.

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