Because he wanted to divide pupils on the basis of who understood Afrikaans and English, a teacher in the South African province of Gauteng set apart four black children. The photo of it went viral on social media, the teacher was suspended.
According to Sello Lehari, a member of the organizing school council, the suspension must allow the investigation of the incident. “We do not accept the teacher’s statement,” he explains. In the meantime, a number of white parents have taken their children off the school, which according to the education council illustrates racism at the school. The parents also feared the safety of their children, as protests took place at the school gate.
Lehari was shocked and disappointed, pointing to the South African constitution that prohibits racial discrimination. The African National Congress, the nationalist party that propagates a non-racial society, announced that it cannot tolerate racism in the province. Local party leader Keneetswe Mosenogi calls on the provincial government to investigate the incident and to take firm measures against offenders.
Apartheid was the official system of racial segregation that strictly separated South African society from 1948 to 1990.