Curro: How South Africa responded

2015-06-19 12:16

Curro was in hot water again this week after a video emerged of teachers at the Roodeplaat school allegedly separating children according to race. The video, taken from inside a car, shows the children getting off a bus then being split, with white children going one way and black children going another way. 

The video went viral on Thursday, sparking outrage on social media. If you haven't yet watched the video, here it is: 

Early on Thursday morning, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi fielded calls from journalists around the country. Lesufi was up to the task. He told Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies that if the school was not adhering to the recommendations that were set out for them then he would implement the necessary steps, including revoking the school's licence. 

Curro Roodeplaat issued a statement saying that the assumption that race was a factor in the separation of the children needed to be questioned, after all the children were separated only because "Curro schools offer all their learners the choice of being taught in English or Afrikaans".

Curro_Media Statement 18.06.15

The conversation did not end there. Minister Lesufi took to Twitter to express his disappointment in the statement. 

Academic, political analyst and tweleb Eusebius McKaiser had 10 points to say on the matter some include:

Sisonke Msimang agreed with some of the points made my McKaiser and also said that Curro is only symptom of the bigger structural racism prevalent in South Africa.

Many called for the minister to close down the school 

Eventually #CurroMustFall became the hashtag for those who wanted the school closed

Some however were not sold on the idea and preferred the view that the management should change

Others felt that the parents have final say in where their children go to school and if they don't like the way a particular kind of school is run they should take their kids out

And as is the norm with social media conversations nobody is safe, including the the person who took the video

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