Parents angry over racist incident
Pietermaritzburg - A KwaZulu-Natal community is up in arms after an allegedly racist incident at a high school in Newcastle.
The local education department pleaded with parents to remain calm after white pupils allegedly spat into a Purity mixture given to netball team players as part of an initiation rite, the SABC reported.
The school apparently had video footage of the incident, which is now in the hands of the police.
Ferrum High School's principal refused to comment on the allegations.
A parent told reporters that her daughter was upset after being made to drink the concoction. She will be sent for counselling.
KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Senzo Mchunu said the allegations were seen in a serious light and pleaded with parents not to take the law into their own hands.
"We would rather advise, and very strongly so, that they leave the matter to us and the matter will be followed up. Indeed we take it very seriously. It will be investigated and there is no need for us to disrupt teaching and learning and there is no need for parents to gather, there the way they are doing," Mchunu said.