'Segregated' classroom photo sparks race row in South Africa

Laerskool Schweizer Reneke

After meeting school staff and education department officials, Mr Lehare confirmed that the form teacher in question had been suspended.

By Own Correspondent| The mother of a grade R learner from Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West, South Africa is fuming after a picture showing her child and three other black children sitting separately from the white children in their class.

According to the mother, she dropped of her child at school and around 9am, the teacher posted a photo of the grade R classroom on WhatsApp to give the parents an update on their kids.

A mother of one of the black students said she was outraged at the segregation and also the fact that not one of the white parents had mentioned it. Some black parents whose children have been refused admission to Laerskool Marble Hall say only black children have been placed on the waiting list. I am pi**** off.

"The North West provincial government condemns any form of racism in the strongest possible terms and deeply regrets this unfortunate incident 25 years into the democratic dispensation", Ngesi said.

"Rather what becomes painful is that there are black people who still insist that racism has ended and who think that blacks and whites can have peaceful relations that do not have undertones of racism", he wrote on his Facebook page.

"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".

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

To Limpopo now where another primary school has been accused of racism. However, based on our understanding and the video you will see below, things have intensified outside the school, where protesters, dressed in political regalia, have picketed, chanting angrily and climbing the school's fence.

The school apologised and de-segregated classes. This increased deterioration in public schools is directly leading the country to the apartheid era.

The school hasn't responded to requests for comment.



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