SAHRC asked to probe 'racist' teacher

2014-06-03 13:45
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Johannesburg - The DA in Gauteng has called on the SA Human Rights Commission to investigate claims of racism at a Johannesburg school after a teacher allegedly called blacks "demons".

"The DA in Gauteng has written to the Human Rights Commission to investigate the allegation of a racist teacher," the party's MPL Khume Ramulifho said in a statement.

"It is our collective responsibility to promote the fundamental constitutional principle of a non-racial society."

The Gauteng education department is investigating the allegations against the teacher at the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

"We have initiated an independent investigation," spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane told Sapa on Tuesday.

She did not elaborate.

The Star reported that a Grade 8 history teacher allegedly told her class last Thursday the reason government was failing was because it was led by black people.

A 13-year-old girl sent an SMS to her mother saying the teacher told the class blacks were stupid for voting for the ANC, and that in the Western Cape people were "more than happy" with the Democratic Alliance, "thanks to white people", according to the newspaper.

More parents were expected to complain.

The school said its governing body would make a statement in due course.

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