South Africa teacher suspended over class 'split by race'

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2019

The image was allegedly taken on Wednesday and sent to a WhatsApp group by the class teacher to show parents that things were still going well on the first day of schooling.

A South African primary school teacher was suspended on Thursday after a photograph appeared to show black children sitting separately from white children in a classroom, sparking a storm of racism accusations.

North West education and sport development MEC Sello Lehari met with school officials at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke on Thursday morning to discuss a photo that went viral on social media.

Social media users said the picture evoked memories of the apartheid system that promoted racial segregation and oppression in South Africa.

Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat was found guilty of racism after a probe by the Gauteng education department.

"As government, we would like to condemn any form of racism, alleged or not, and we deeply regret this unfortunate incident taking place in our country 25 years into democracy", said a spokesperson for the local government leader, Job Lekgoro.

A mother of one of the black learners was quoted as saying: "This was meant to be an exciting day for me but it's not".

Briefly.co.za learned the parent contacted the principal, who claimed to be unaware of the situation.

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"This is impossible so long as white people have power, what therefore is needed is to change the existing power dynamics such that black people can have dignity".

The mother, who is not being named to protect the identity of her child, told TimesLIVE that her child's first day in grade R had initially started off smoothly.

Some white parents have removed their children from the school because they fear for their safety.

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters in the province has been protesting at the school.

"These private school tendencies of segregating learners based on the colour of skin is against the principles of a democratic South Africa we live in today".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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