Townships need educating on government policy

23 March 2014 - 16:26 By Sapa

Schools, townships and young people need to be educated about religion and government policy on religion, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Sunday.

"Different priests and religions have been complaining about problems in schools about religion, and we are here today to educate people... and clarify government's position on religion," she said in Sebokeng.

"Priests have been writing to me. They say the problems are because of government policies."

She did not elaborate on the complaints, but said it began after two Dobsonville teenagers were murdered in a suspected satanic ritual in February.

Thandeka Moganetsi, 15, and Chwayita Rathazayo, 16, were found dead in a field, dressed in George Khoza Secondary School uniforms. They had cuts on their hands and necks.

Three black candles and two new razor blades were found at the scene.

The police occult unit was part of the investigating team amid reports that the murders could be linked to Satanism.

Motshekga said she began a drive on March 8 to help communities understand government policy and religion at schools.

Her campaign will end in April.