Protests outside Pretoria girls' school over natural hair rules

By Mieke Vlok
29 August 2016

The school reportedly ordered the girls to "straighten their hair."

A Pretoria girls' school reportedly doesn't allow their learners to have natural hair -- and they've had enough.

By Monday morning more than 6000 people had already signed an online petition which asks the Department of Education to give urgent attention to the situation at Pretoria Girls' High School and take action against staff that have discriminated against Muslim and black learners. “Girls attending the school have been forced to straighten their hair; are accused of conspiring when standing in groups and face other intolerable comments and actions,” reads the petition which was started by Koketso Moeti. Some learners also claim that they are forbidden from speaking their home languages at school and are also told that they talk too loud.

The crowds had apparently dispersed by about 9.30am, the school told YOU when we called. “We can unfortunately no comment on the situation as this stage. The school head will release a full statement on behalf of the school at a later stage,” the administrative office said.
Online the hashtag #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh was trending on and even the DA’s Mmusi Maimane spoke out against the situation at the school.
At the time of publishing YOU couldn’t reach Panyaza Lesufi, the MEC for education in Gauteng, for comment but while speaking on radio programme 702Live he was quoted as saying: “We can't allow this kind of situation to go unchallenged... I'm not sure about the petition but I'm going to visit the school this morning.” He also offered his support to students and parents of the school on Twitter.

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