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Zuma mud schools comment riles DA

Politics

Mvezo - A remark by President Jacob Zuma on mud schools was an insult to children, the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape said on Friday.

DA spokesman Edmund van Vuuren accused Zuma of saying: “We want to eradicate all mud schools. We are not in a hurry because no one is going to rule but the ANC.”

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President Zuma during a press briefing after a meeting with the National Planning Commission at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. South Africa. 03/07/2013

Zuma was speaking on Thursday at the opening of the Ngidini Senior Primary School, Eastern Cape, a former mud school, he said.

“This insensitive utterance is an insult to the hundreds of children who have to endure schooling in under-resourced and unsafe building infrastructures throughout the Eastern Cape,” Van Vuuren said.

The party called for the president to apologise.

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said the report was incorrect.

“I do not want to respond to any political party that relies on inaccurate reports for their statements,” Maharaj said.

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