Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'We are condemning it': Alleged racism probed at #SchweizerReneke school

'We are condemning it': Alleged racism probed at #SchweizerReneke school

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.

Meanwhile, the North West education department said it would return to the school next week when it received the outcomes of its investigation.

At the same time, McGluwa says both black and white parents he spoke to insist that this was an isolated incident.

In 2016, people took to social media to speak up against the Koetjes en Kalfjes Heritage Hill Campus nursery school after an upset mother took to Facebook to share an image that clearly had racial connotations attached to it.

Wednesday was supposed to be a joyful occasion for parents as their children started the new school year.

A picture showing black and white children sitting at separate tables in a South African elementary school on their first day has gone viral and people have shared their disgust.

"From the information I got from the meeting, it seems that there are a lot of cases here of racism", provincial Education Minister Sello Lehari said after visiting the school.

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She and other parents dropped their children off.

Student activist Mcebo Dlamini said on social media the most "provocative" thing about the whole situation "is not that black kids are ostracized from white kids, that is common in our supposedly post-apartheid Africa".

They said if the segregation is proved they would be "strongly condemning" it.

But he said the blame must lie with the Government, which had 'neglected public and rural schools'.

In 2015, a year before the incident that took place in Pretoria, the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) found Curro Roodeplaat School guilty of racism after a video surfaced online of children being separated based on the colour of their skin.

The school apologised and de-segregated classes.

The school hasn't responded to requests for comment.

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