‘We don’t want a black principal’

2015-04-13 16:33

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Black teachers at Roodepoort Primary School fear for their lives after a group of coloured parents protested against the appointment of a black principal and two deputies earlier this year.

The coloured parents reportedly said the recruitment process was flawed, while black parents said the staff members were victims of racism.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi met with both groups and agreed that an administrator would be appointed to oversee the running of the school. Lesufi was due back at the school today but his visit was postponed to tomorrow afternoon.

A group of about 50 coloured parents today sat outside the school with placards waiting for the principal, Nothemba Molefe, who did not show up. One of the placards the parents were carrying read: “We don’t want a black principal.”

One of the black teachers, who asked not to be named, told City Press their lives were in danger. “We fear for our lives here. But there’s nothing we can do because we have to provide for our families,” he said, adding that the situation at the school had gone back to normal except for the parents who were waiting outside the school with placards.

Another teacher, who also asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, said the education department had sent one of its district representatives, Dennis Makwakwa, who told them that Lesufi would come tomorrow afternoon.

The school principal could not be reached for comment.

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