MEC condemns school racism

2013-06-06 13:19

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Bloemfontein - Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe on Thursday condemned racism at schools in the province.

"The department will not tolerate any racist behaviour at schools, and those found guilty will be dealt with according to the law," he said.

In a Grade 7 classroom at the Wilgehof Primary School, in Bloemfontein, the old South African flag was reportedly on display, along with a picture of expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema alongside that of a monkey.

The history and life orientation teacher allegedly responsible for the display and for making racist remarks, as well as the principal, had been suspended.

Makgoe said a decision on their futures at the school would be made pending an investigation.

He said the school was expected to uphold the values and principles enshrined in the Constitution.

He acknowledged that racism was at times hard to prove because it happened in subtle ways.

"We need tangible evidence before the department can investigate."

Makgoe encouraged parents, pupils, and teachers to report any racism at schools.

The department said a task team had been formed to investigate another alleged racism case at another Free State school.

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