KZN teacher claims spitting was racist

2012-07-04 13:08

Johannesburg - A teacher who led a noisy picket outside Newcastle’s Ferrum High School after her daughter and another pupil were fed baby food laced with saliva, is in trouble, according to a report on Wednesday.

The KwaZulu-Natal education department would discipline Ferrum's Zulu and history teacher for participating in the picket, the Witness reported.

Departmental spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said appropriate action would be taken against her.

She had alleged that racism was behind an initiation ceremony for new members of the school’s netball team, masterminded by two white pupils.

A departmental investigation established that the incident was not racially motivated and recommended that she be disciplined for arranging and participating in the demonstration.

Parents blew vuvuzelas and chanted outside the school gate.

The department report found that a third potential victim was a white pupil who was absent on the day.

It also found that the two perpetrators were not aware of her not being at school and that pupils of all races had been present when the bottles had been spat into.

"There is no objective basis to conclude that the spitting was racially motivated," read the report.

The investigation further recommended that all initiation practices at Ferrum be stopped.

  • smahlaba - 2012-07-04 13:23


  • stephanie.v.rooyen - 2012-07-04 13:45

    The devil made them do it.

  • Billy - 2012-07-04 13:51

    "Parents blew vuvuzelas and chanted outside the school gate" great example! haha

      Sharon - 2012-07-04 14:13

      someone bertied them they were going to a soccer match

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-07-04 14:00

    Oh please, we had way worse initiations. Anyone who was new to a team or boarding house had to participate. They made the choice. They weren't held down and force fed. They knew of the ridicule that could follow from backing out of an initiation. They chose on unpleasant scenario over the worse one. People practice initiation because they had to go through the same thing when they were a junior or freshman.

  • mapepaki - 2012-07-04 15:32

    Everytime is racism. Do you know what an iniation is egg on your face mama ha ha ha ha

  • mark.higgens.9 - 2012-07-04 15:56

    I personally feel that we are long overdue another racially motivated gym article these racial schooling articles are getting boring

  • bmaestro - 2012-07-05 10:24


  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-18 10:11

    Now what isn't racist in this country?.

  • herman.booysen2 - 2012-10-12 07:26

    I sometimes wander why child's play becomes criminalised and criminals child's play these days. Is it the times we living in , the moral decay or me just being a racist ?

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