School cuts ties with racist Free State teacher

2016-04-22 13:31
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Bloemfontein – Trompsburg Primary School in the Free State on Friday said it had cut ties with a teacher who was declared unsuitable to work with children.  

"The governing body and a teacher at the school, Lenard Mac Kay, have reached a mutual agreement that it will be in the best interest of the school to end his employment," the school's governing body chairperson Willem Grobbelaar said.   

The school employed Mac Kay in April, despite a recommendation by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that he never work with children again. 

He lost his job at Wilgehof Primary School in Bloemfontein in 2013 after he used the word "kaffir" and displayed a picture in his classroom of Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema alongside that of a monkey. 

The SAHRC conducted an on-site inspection of the school following a complaint from a parent. In October that year, the SAHRC found him guilty of racism and hate speech.

On July 1, 2015, he got a job at the Dr CF Visser Primary School. He left after the education department objected and asked the school's governing body not to employ him.

When Mac Kay started working at Trompsburg Primary School, the SAHRC called for the provincial education department to intervene.

Grobbelaar said they acted in accordance with the School’s Act in appointing him. However, political parties in the province had threatened to remove Mac Kay forcefully if the school did not do so.  

He said they had also received information that political parties had organised a march to the school to protest against Mac Kay’s appointment.  

"We have to put the safety of the learners, teachers and parents first," said Grobbelaar.  

Mac Kay declined to comment.  

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