Alleged racist Bloem teacher suspended

2013-06-06 08:59

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Bloemfontein - A Bloemfontein primary school teacher who referred to black pupils as kaffirs and had an old South African flag pinned to the blackboard has been suspended, the Times Live reported.

The SA Human Rights Commission’s Buang Jones told Volksblad that interviews with pupils revealed that some children had been asked not to talk to the commission but rather to talk to the principal about their grievances.
However, Wilgehof Primary School’s principal Fanie Roeloffze denied this and defended the teacher and said the SAHRC’s investigation at the school was still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Volksblad reported that the teacher had exposed the Grade 6 pupils to “subtle racism” and humiliating remarks for some time.

He had been teaching history and life sciences.

A parent - whose children are the only white pupils at the school - complained about the teacher to the SAHRC.

Craig Thiem said his children told him about the teacher and when he went to the school to investigate, he found a poster depicting similarities between baboons and ex-ANCYL leader Julius Malema.

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