MEC received threats in Curro race debacle

2015-06-26 11:17
Curro School. (Ahmed Areff, News24)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he has been threatened by "racists" who wanted him to back off from Curro Roodeplaat Primary School.

"I must confirm that I have received threats from people who believe that racism is the future," Lesufi told reporters on Friday.

"I have had to close some of my social accounts because I was bombarded with threats by people of a particular race," he said.

Lesufi said he would not bow to the pressure.

"Anyone who believes they can intimidate me... Unfortunately, I am not easily intimidated," he said.

Curro’s last chance

Lesufi was addressing the media at the education department offices in Johannesburg, where he announced he had suspended his decision to shut down Curro.

The private school has been marred by incidents of racism and segregation.

Lesufi said Curro had admitted that the incidents that unfolded at the school were racist.

"The good thing is that the board did not justify it. They accepted that it was something completely unacceptable."

Lesufi said he would give the school one more chance to change its ways.

This followed a video depicting school pupils being led off buses, apparently according to race, while on a field trip.

-To read more on the Curro race debacle, click here.
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