Curro uses culture to disguise racism – Cosatu

2015-02-03 15:40

Cosatu has condemned racial segregation at the Curro Roodeplaat Private School in Pretoria.

“Just as in the days of apartheid, ‘culture’ is being used as a fig-leaf to disguise racism,” said Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven today.

He rejected reasons for the segregation attributed to regional manager at Curro Holdings, Andre Pollard.

Pollard said children were more able to “make friends with children of their culture”.

Two weeks ago, a group of black parents signed a petition against the school, claiming they were unhappy that their children were in a class with only black children, and white children were being kept together.

Craven said there was already a two-tier education system in South Africa, providing a world-class education for a small, mainly white, elite while the poor majority had to contend with an inadequate education system.

“There is thus already an in-built form of class-based racism, which is compounded when schools like Curro institutionalise racism.”

Yesterday, Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, parents, the SA Human Rights Commission and the school’s management agreed transformation was needed. At the meeting the school apologised for separating students according to race, according to Lesufi’s office.

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