DURBAN - THE Department of Education has tasked a senior official to descend on Maritzburg College on a fact finding mission after three boys were pictured on the school premises with EFF T-shirts calling for the land to be returned.
The three boys were carrying T-shirts in support of South Africa’s third largest political party, the EFF, which read: “EFF: our last hope of getting the land back” and “loading 2019”.
KZN Education spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa said the circuit manager would be sent to the school to investigate what happened.
UPDATE: Mthethwa later added: "Our schools premises are not political playgrounds"
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen was alarmed and angrily tweeted that picture was "total disrespect for a once great school”
In a reply to a tweet, Pietersen further stated that the three pupils were not allowed to make political statements in school uniform, but only in 'civvies'.
"These learners are at Maritzburg College," he said. "It's a great school and certainly not a place to make political stances! They can do it in civvies if they want! Not wearing that badge!"
In a since deleted tweet, the school's Twitter account requested the cricketer to delete the tweet. But this was screenmunched and reposted by entertainment commentator Phil Mphela, who was horrified that the school was trying to silence the three boys pictured.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was not available for comment on his cellphone, but he did tweet approvingly of the boys gesture, as did EFF leader Julius Malema.
Back on social media, Pietersen was hammered by social media commentators. SUPPORT FOR MARITZURG 3 THE INDEPENDENT ON SATURDAY