Lesufi arrives for racism talks at Pretoria Girls High

By Drum Digital
29 August 2016

The Gauteng Department of Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has arrived at Pretoria High School for Girls to investigate racism allegations by its black learners.

Spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga told DRUM that it is too soon to determine what action will be taken against whom at the school if the girls’ concerns are valid.

“I can’t have a blanket solution for every time there is an outburst of racism at a school because each case is unique,” he says. “We want to know what is going on here before we can make a comment.”

It has been reported in the news that the school set a rule that black learners cannot speak their home languages during school hours and cannot wear ethnic hairstyles.

Mhlanga tells DRUm that schools are at liberty to set their own codes of conduct but they have to fall within the law.

Upon calling the school, DRUM was told that the school’s principal Mrs K du Toit was locked in a meeting without any indication of when the meeting would come to end. It is uncertain if the meeting is with the Gauteng Education MEC. Social media has been ablaze with criticism, as yet another incident of racism has been put in the spotlight on Twitter.

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