Couple accuse Paul Roos of racism

2015-01-27 10:09
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Cape Town - A Western Cape couple has gone to the SA Human Rights Commission and asked them to probe a top school in the province, alleging the school is denying their son entry because he is black.

Mzimasi and Vuyokazi Dyani told the Cape Times their son is “academically above average and a stellar rugby player”.

But Paul Roos Gymnasium principal Jannie van der Westhuizen denied the accusations, saying there was simply no space for the Dyanis’ son.

Van der Westhuizen insisted the Stellenbosch school had black, coloured, white and “even Korean pupils”.

The Dyanis say Van der Westhuizen referred them to two other schools in a predominantly black township near Stellenbosch.

A Johannesburg school has found itself at the centre of admissions’ rows several times in the past.

In March last year, The Star reported that a local father said his son had been denied entry to the school because of his race. The school claimed demand for places in Grade R at the school had far exceeded the school’s capacity.

In August last year, two principals and a teacher in three Free State schools were suspended amid allegations of racism and an investigation by the SAHRC, reported Sapa.

The commission said last year it was deeply concerned about a lack of transformation in South Africa after 20 years of democracy.

In the 2013/14 financial year, 45% of the commission's complaints were race-related, Sapa reported.

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