Teachers called pupils baboons, K-word

2014-07-23 15:56
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bloemfontein - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found a Bloemfontein school's staff guilty of hate speech towards black and coloured pupils.

"The commission found against the principal and staff at Dr Viljoen Combined School in a racism case," SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said on Wednesday.

The SAHRC investigated allegations that pupils at the school were exposed to dehumanising and racist treatment by staff, including the principal, in May 2013.

Children at the school alleged staff called them racist, derogatory, and belittling names, such as "kaffirs, baboons, monkeys, and little black bitches".

Mangena said the commission found the remarks clearly constituted hate speech as defined by the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.

"These acts of hate speech constitute a clear violation of both the right to equality and human dignity of the learners," he said.

The school failed to create a learning environment free from harmful elements, such as racist utterances and demeaning remarks. This further violated both the right to education and children's rights.

The commission made various recommendations for the school and the Free State education department.

Both institutions had to develop procedures for countering racism.

The school's governing body had to establish policies and guidelines to counter racism and submit them to the SAHRC for review.

The school and department had to increase teachers' and pupils' understanding of racism.

The department had to train school staff to value diversity, to understand other cultures, and develop strategies to counter racism, all within six months.

Free State education spokesperson Howard Ndaba said the department had received the commission's report and was studying it.

The school's principal was not immediately available for comment.

Read more on:    bloemfontein  |  education  |  racism

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.