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Petition to appeal sale of alcohol in schools on BELA Bill goes live

A Change.org petition calling for the removal of the sale of alcohol at school functions from the BELA Bill (Basic Education Law Amendment) has officially gone live.

World Changers Candidates, an organisation dedicated to fighting the surge of drugs and alcohol abuse and illicit trafficking has launched an online appeal (petition) calling for the removal of clause 8 section 8A of the Basic Education Law Amendment (BELA Bill) which proposes for schools to be allowed to have alcohol sold on premises for fund-raising purposes. The proposed change has  a deadline extension for written submission set for August 15 , 2022.

“We strongly urge the Basic Education portfolio that the proposal of this clause be completely removed from Bela Bill,” says Lucas Mahlakgane, chairperson of World Changers Candidates, adding. “NO DRUGS in any form under any circumstances should be allowed at our School.

Appeal launch: Lucas Mahlakgane, chairperson of World Changers Candidates addressing Leondale High School learners, teachers SGB during special school assembly (as seen below).

Alcohol abuse is rampant in South Africa and the well-being of learners is already at risk, classic case being the Enyobeni tavern tragedy, a scene of devastation and chaos which claimed the life of 22 underage teens.

Even if the storage and use of alcohol on school premises is properly monitored, the organisation argues that children may still encounter adults under the influence.

“If passed, it’s clear that the harm this amendment may cause far outweighs any benefits it may bring, and that the situation of drugs in our school will get worse and the consequences will be dire,” Mahlakgane insists.

Change.org school alcohol sale appeal: Add your voice

The World Changers Candidates invites all concerned South African citizens to take this opportunity to contribute in shaping the laws which will apply to Schooling in South Africa for the foreseeable future, and “help make South Africa a drug free society and a safe place for children, our future leaders”.

Sign the petition (https://chng.it/rtXyn7hnSF)

You can add your voice by visiting Change.org platform, and signing the petition (https://chng.it/rtXyn7hnSF) before the proposed August 15 deadline.

Watch: Leondale Secondary School Governing Body addressing learners, teachers and anti-drug community activists during the official launch of the petition put together by World ChangersCandidates.
Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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