Makhura briefed on racism in schools

By Drum Digital
03 February 2015

Gauteng premier David Makhura was on Tuesday briefed on discrimination in the province's schools.

"We condemn racism and all other forms of discrimination. Such incidents are a threat to our social cohesion agenda and will not be tolerated in this democratic dispensation," Makhura said in a statement.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the Curro Roodeplaat Private School in Pretoria on Monday before briefing Makhura.

The school has been the centre of controversy since a group of parents signed a petition, raising their dissatisfaction that their children were being placed in separate classes according to race.

"We will be working very closely with institutions such as the Human Rights Commission and the civil society to eradicate this scourge," Makhura said.

Lesufi updated Makhura on this and other reported cases of discrimination in schools around the province. Makhura said he was deeply concerned about such incidents.

The Gauteng government was compiling a plan to address all forms of discrimination, including xenophobia. Makhura would elaborate on this during his state-of-the-province address on Monday.

-SAPA

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