Pemmy Majodina, chief whip of the ANC in parliament, motivated pupils at Maria Louw High School to exercise their rights responsibly.
The whip was in Komani last week for a back-to-school campaign and donated rain tanks to the school during her visit.
Mojodina addressed the pupils, encouraging them to pursue education in order to achieve their goals.
“I wanted to motivate the 2020 class. In 2018 the pass rate was 80% and last year 79,2 %. The ball is in their court to make us proud.
“This school is well recognised as many political leaders studied here. It has also produced many sports fanatics. I heard there was a discipline problem so I had to remind them that their rights came with responsibilities,” she said.
Majodina told an auditorium full of pupils and teachers: “Where you start does not determine where you end. Nothing replaces education, it is the key for success. Challenges of your background need not deter you. I am an example. I drew up as an orphan, but here I am today. I have never been into drugs or alcohol.”
Teacher Nkosazana Simanga, who requested the tanks on behalf of the school, said she was happy with the urgency with which the whip had responded.
“I was so impressed, having only written three months ago, the response was quick. It gives hope to our country when we have such responsive leaders,” she said.
Simanga said she wrote to Majodina because pupils had to be sent home early when there was no water.
“Last year we closed around noon instead of 2pm because we did not have water and no one could use the restroom. I wrote because I was troubled that this affected learning.
“We also have a nursery and a garden started by our environmental club. The plants were dying and now some of the water will be used for that project. We donate 60% of the harvest to Save the Children Day Care Centre in Mlungisi,” she added.