Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke incident sparks memories of two similar school racism sagas

Cheryl Sanders
January 10, 2019

The North West premier stated that the teacher involved in the incident has been suspended with immediate effect.

"We saw the photo and we were also angered by what we saw", Jozeph du Plessis, chairman of the school's governing body, told the eNCA television channel.

Provincial education minister Sello Lehare was despatched to the school in the small town of Schweizer-Reneke on a fact-finding mission, the BBC's Milton Nkosi says.

The school stated that this is an isolated incident and its ethos is one of inclusivity.

Like, for instance, how, according to the school, the children were placed based on the identity of their language and not their race. Whilst my office is 20mins away I sped to collect my child at an instance and remove her from the school immediately.

He said that the school would help staff in "aspects where it appears that integration is not taking place as it should". We will bring you updates as more information becomes available.

"The interests of learners remain our first priority and everything possible will be done to ensure a safe and happy environment where they can develop and grow", the statement concludes.

Earlier, parents removed their children from the school and tensions were high as EFF members gathered outside the school.

Since posting the image on her Facebook wall, it has gone viral and garnered worldwide attention.

Others however, pointed out that the picture was seemingly part of a series of pictures taken on the same day in the same class.

Image copyright. Image caption After a backlash from parents the school reportedly shared this picture of the children sitting in integrated groups What has the response been?

The school governing body did not address why the initial picture showed an apparent divide in the seating arrangement, nor whether the images were taken in the same sitting.

The school is in the north west of South Africa and the regional education board has today launched an investigation.

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