‘Racial Separation’ Picture Only Captured Single Moment: Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke

Blanche Robertson
January 10, 2019

In a statement on Wednesday, the National Freedom Party (NFP) called for the shutdown of the school saying it strongly condemned the racist segregation of learners.

Ironically, like Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke, the reason for this was attached to the learners' language identity.

However, while all the white parents were saying "dankie" (thank you), she noticed her child and three other black children were seated in the corner of the classroom while the white kids sat next to each other at a single large desk in the middle of the room.

The North West education department has suspended a teacher while an investigation is conducted.

Earlier, parents had to fetch their little ones after protests became heated outside the school.

He said the school's explanation was that black children were separated because they were new at the school and could not speak Afrikaans or English.

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

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The picture sparked outrage on social media in many quarters. Whilst my office is 20mins away I sped to collect my child at an instance and remove her from the school immediately.

School leaders have now launched a racism probe after the picture, taken by a class teacher, emerged. "I can't help but think what kind of people can subject such hate to a mere 19month-year-old child", the mother wrote on Facebook.

Sello Lehari, the provincial Education Minister, said after stopping by the school: "From the information I got from the meeting, it seems that there are a lot of cases here of racism". The school is being contacted and this article will be updated once its response is obtained.

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

In the video below, shared by Eyewitness News, you can see the children hop off the bus, However, it is the teachers who group them based on who is white and who is black.

"We are not sure whether is fake or real, if it's real we are condemning it, we say not during this era, we can not really accept it".

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