'Racist' initiation: Captain back on team

2012-05-02 11:20
Newcastle - The Ferrum High School pupil who was charged with crimen injuria is back in the school’s netball team, and has been handed back her captaincy.

This follows an allegation that she was the mastermind behind an initiation ceremony in which two black players in the team were forced to eat baby food that had been laced with saliva.

The mother of one of the black pupils, Khosi Mbuli, who is a Zulu and history teacher at the school, said the incident was racially motivated as another new member of the team, who is white, was not present at the initiation ceremony. Mbuli said the other teachers had been treating her daughter as if nothing had happened.

She said the incident had had a negative impact on her daughter, and feared that her school results might also be affected.

Polarised

She said the atmosphere at the school has been polarised along colour lines, which the chairperson for the school’s governing body, Andrew Smith denied.

“It is unfortunate that a parent saying that there is racial tension also happens to be an educator,” Smith said, adding he wouldn’t be able to comment on the investigation as they were still waiting to be briefed by the education department.

“As of yet, we have not heard anything from them,” he said, adding that they had been told to expect to be briefed by the department at the end of March.

“There is no racial tension at the school. All the kids get along,” he said.

“We would like to get this thing sorted out and put to bed as soon as possible.”

Education department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said the department’s investigation was still ongoing.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said: “The docket has been forwarded to the public prosecutor for perusal and a decision on prosecution.”

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