Parents angry over racist incident

2012-03-13 08:40

Pietermaritzburg - A KwaZulu-Natal community is up in arms after an allegedly racist incident at a high school in Newcastle.

The local education department pleaded with parents to remain calm after white pupils allegedly spat into a Purity mixture given to netball team players as part of an initiation rite, the SABC reported.

The school apparently had video footage of the incident, which is now in the hands of the police.

Ferrum High School's principal refused to comment on the allegations.

A parent told reporters that her daughter was upset after being made to drink the concoction. She will be sent for counselling.

KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Senzo Mchunu said the allegations were seen in a serious light and pleaded with parents not to take the law into their own hands.

"We would rather advise, and very strongly so, that they leave the matter to us and the matter will be followed up. Indeed we take it very seriously. It will be investigated and there is no need for us to disrupt teaching and learning and there is no need for parents to gather, there the way they are doing," Mchunu said.

  • Itumeleng - 2012-03-13 08:49

    How is this incident racist, is the whole netball team of a different race from the "white pupils' who allegedly spat into a purity?

      Renay - 2012-03-13 08:55

      This is the problem with news 24, they dont give all the facts.... they don't mention a thing about the other team... they are just trying to make people angry and stir the pot!! They are not helping this country at all right now.

      James - 2012-03-13 09:00

      I agree Itumeleng - when I was initiated as a prefect at school I had a bucket of horrible crap poured over my head, which we later discovered had actual crap in, put there by the previous years' prefect, who was black. Was it disgusting? Of course it was. Was it racist? No, why would it be?

      Irma - 2012-03-13 09:21

      At TenRas1- just because a black person does not share the same racial views as you, doesn't make them wrong for saying it. Itumeleng obviously has a brain that he uses.

      Mhlophe - 2012-03-13 11:19

      OMG - It's baby food. By this example are we to assume that mother feeding from the breast are committing some form of incest? This is not racism, the school's and media's reaction to the incident is racism.

      Nina - 2012-03-13 13:57

      I have to agree, not sure where the race bit fits in. The act is disgusting regardless of race. I think racism needs to be properly defined.

  • Josie - 2012-03-13 08:50

    I find it utterly revolting not matter what colour you are.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-03-13 08:52

    Now that the nigeria issue has lost momentum and we no longer have a common enemy,ut's back to business as usual, attacking each other.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-13 08:57

      Lol Yep. its Black vs White I love this country!!!

      Irma - 2012-03-13 09:22

      Elle- Black, in all honesty you are also the one doing the attacking. You obviously don't appreciate it, so why do it?

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-13 09:51

      @ Irma one thing I have realized on this forum is that it's mostly black people who dislike racism,I will give you a prime example Simnikiwe made a comment on another article about how he condones theft as long as you steal from a white person,he had over 300 thumbs down becuase that truly was an idiotic comment to make,people came down on him like a ton of bricks including black myself included,then a white person makes a racist comment and gets over 200 thumbs up,you tell me where that came from? It came from the hypocrites on this forum,some people are not brave enough to type out exactly how they feel about other races for they wait for someone else to do it and give it a thumbs up. Even the people that come here attacking the use of the race card are probably involved.It's most;y black people on this forum who will come out against a fellow black person when they say something racist and unnecessary,most white people say nothing when it's a white person doing it,they just press the like button.

      Herman - 2012-03-13 09:57

      Elle, accept it, you are a racist and you can now start living it on this forum like nowhere else. Njoy it and good luck.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-13 10:04

      @ Herman I wont accept that title because it's not who I am, what i am however is awake,black people are more willing than whites to eradicate racism.You are just saying that because you know what Isaid to Irma is true.

      Herman - 2012-03-13 10:13

      Elle if you believe it to be true, it is your perrogative. I read what you write and I interpret it as attacks on whites, so, you must be a racist. I am also awake, white and can read. Most of the people writing on these forums are racists and those who isn't is the last to know it. SA has a very, very far road to travel before racism is a thing of the past, if it will ever be. So for now, live with it, stand your ground, because this sickness is due to the past regime end the current regime.

      nkulekweni - 2012-03-13 10:33

      Elle-Black Once again I have occassion to agree with you. Most white people on this site genuinely believe that a white life is worth more than a black life and that all blacks want to be white. What with kommando camps and all ..these beliefs will not die down very soon. For those who have ears ...There is not a single black person of my acquantaince that has expressed a desire, in any form, to have a white skin despite the fact that here, for the last 3 centuries, life is so much easier if you are white. However, I have had conversations in some encounters that have shown me that some black people have swallowed the colonial myth of white superiority hook line and sinker. E.g, in one Supermarket I stated to the shop assistant behind the food counter that I have changed my mind about buying items from that counter because of the flies hovering aorund. And her response was "Well..white people buy this food"...and my response was "what has that got to do with me?" On another occasion I had to ask a plumber whether he would jump off a cliff just because he saw a white person doing so. This is because the plumber told me that it is okay to do something (which I will not name)because his white boss does. However it is a mistake to believe that the majority of black people believe in white superiority. Large sections of black populations would disown their children than see them married to white people. There are also myths about white inferiority circulating in black communities.

      Warwick - 2012-03-13 10:57

      Attacking WHITES in general. The white is always the bd person and blacks are always victims.

      nkulekweni - 2012-03-13 11:20

      No Warwick..not if you read with some semblance of understanding and keep the knee jerk, programmed reactions to a minimum.

      J-Man - 2012-03-13 12:02

      "One thing I have realized on this forum is that it's mostly black people who dislike racism" .. what a load of cr@p. Seriously now.

      Linda - 2012-05-10 10:58


  • Kobus - 2012-03-13 09:04

    If found not to be racial. I would make case of racism against her and expect the same racial heading on the report by News24 but to the other side.

      James - 2012-03-13 10:03

      Agreed, to quickly the race card is played, turn the table and see how it feels.

  • JJ - 2012-03-13 09:06

    At boarding school, we had a lot of initiation activites like being forced to eat scones with pubes in them but that was done to everyone (every race was present). Now i don't know if this just targetted the black netball players so I won't label it racist (just yet) but this behaviour can't be condoned anymore...

  • Carry - 2012-03-13 09:10


  • Janette - 2012-03-13 09:14

    So when whites complain, we are racists..............mmmmmmmmmmm

  • werner.smidt - 2012-03-13 09:24

    It's silly, but not racist.

      Gigo - 2012-03-13 09:48

      In what way is not racist Meneer?

      Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-13 10:32

      Everybody was treated equally.

  • Edwhynot - 2012-03-13 09:24

    Wahahahahahahahahaha!!!! That was funny :P

  • Elle-Black - 2012-03-13 09:29

    @ J-man it's kinda hard when you dealing with the kind found on this forum.

      Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-13 10:32

      Hoor nou weer vir Saartjie.

      J-Man - 2012-03-13 11:53

      Yes well, judging from your other comments on this forum, I thought you were at least not so narrow minded. I guess I was wrong. Peace.

  • PhilipV - 2012-03-13 09:29

    As I recall initiation in schools are not allowed anymore, so this is a criminal act, let's not forget about the possible spread of disease. Please go look up the word "allegedly" clearly you twats do not know what the word means. Personally I think it is a disgusting manner of initiation, not considering race, we did not even do things like that when I was at school. It's just plain gross.

  • karen.hartabrie - 2012-03-13 09:47

    this is disgusting!!!!!!!!!!

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-13 09:52

    Will they ever get the chip off their shoulders , i don't think so !!!!!! Reverse the roles , take it on the chin(that's what we do) & move on . They'll probably end up burning the school down ! Cry racism at every corner!

  • nkulekweni - 2012-03-13 10:02

    Is the netball team black?

      jarryd.lyth - 2012-03-16 16:21

      It's very balanced. There are both white and black team members.

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-03-13 10:07

    Well done News24, again you go and call this a racist incident without stating all the facts. Don't you think that this is perhaps an initiation that got out of hand and nothing more? Some people here have stated that they underwent initiations that were far worse! Amazing how when whites are brutally murdered or blatantly called racist names, then it isn't a racist incident!

      Wayne - 2012-03-13 10:16

      Agreed Malcolm86. I'm also not saying it racist or not but just maybe it was initiation/hazing. It's part of being part of a team and comes with the territory. It may be a very miff but it I think News24 has once again over-sensationalising this matter. No-one will read a headline which states "Hazing in Newcastle netball team."

  • Mouldy - 2012-03-13 10:15

    Without the actual video to support this story, it’s all conjecture. News24 are really upping their game in sensationalistic, unsupported reporting to get these forums blazing with hate speech. The only way to stop this pointless rubbish is a general boycott on commenting on anything religious and/or racial. Unfortunately the racist trolls and the violently malicious anti-Christ on these forums cannot help themselves.

  • Xabiso Poswa Jr - 2012-03-13 10:18

    Why must everything be about racism?... Its so tiring gosh.....

      Wayne - 2012-03-13 10:21

      As I said earlier, I'm also not saying it racist or not but just maybe it was initiation/hazing. It's part of being part of a team and comes with the territory. It may be a very miff but it I think News24 has once again over-sensationalising this matter. No-one will read a headline which states "Hazing in Newcastle netball team."

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-13 10:22

    I believe these are the effects of Apartheid which disallow us to look beyond one's skin colour, Say the same incident happened n only Black kids were involved the Parents would not be as pissed, they are pissed coz white kids did it, but do u really blame them, given our History as a country n how much they (black parents) suffered in the hands of Whites under Apartheid. Parents are probably pissed coz kids are getting the same treatment, in ds "supposedly non-racial" country

  • muriel.proudfoot - 2012-03-13 10:26

    White girls spat in the mixture.. now it is racism, but if it were black girls it would have been ill-discipline??? Come on people, really the apartheid era is looooong gone, but a few obviously would like to keep it alive to use as a shield to hide behind and not rake responsibility for their own actions s and decisions. Wake up and smell the new SA! I feel sorry for those few black people that refuses to take that big chip off their shoulders and move on, because you cannot have a future if you live in the past.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-13 11:09

      VIVA BEE

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-13 10:30

    How is this racist? That type of thing happens to all the smarties in the box.

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-13 10:38

    Don't take any article on race, politics or religion on face-value. It's just a struggling news agency trying to generate drama. Drama means more readers. There is an American saying that goes "behind every plume of smoke, there is a journalist furiously rubbing two sticks together".

  • Tony - 2012-03-13 10:48

    Damned wit ous ... They made the white ball in snooker.. They called it the White House in America, when a team looses badly it's a whitewash, and then we wrote about Snow White, and then theres Jake White.. Wonder who invented white wall tyres - seen on those white taxis? I am going home tonight and scrub the white out of my eyes dammit. How ridiculous some of these racist comments can be hey....

  • Warwick - 2012-03-13 11:06

    What does he mean about "taking the law into their hands". Can't these people behave or must they always resort to some form of violence. I think its time whites started to resort to taking the law into their own hands as well now when we feel agrieved about something.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-13 11:11

      These people clearly states your Fascism....Creep

  • Linda - 2012-03-13 11:15

    Most of groups' comments indicates how divided is our society, always basing their decision on race, and none relevant issues!!

  • Makua - 2012-03-13 12:03

    you do this to my child and I will teach the scumbags and their parents a lesson! am so tired of parents not teaching their kids to respect other people!

  • Konrad - 2012-03-13 12:20

    WTF has race to do with this. its becoming the norm lately,that everytime a white does something,out comes the race card. next time a black looks at me,and his look is a bity funny,im going to scream and pull out the race card. i would love to see if anybody will do something about it.

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  • jarryd.lyth - 2012-03-16 16:16

    I am a student at the above-mentioned school. I do not see this as a racist incident, it is a reflection of adolescent immaturity. Initiation is childish and I hate it. what happened was extremely disgusting, it is a violation of a basic human right to dignity. BUT, The school took immediate action once they found out about the incident(All this happened on Thursday, 8 march). On that day the school management abolished all forms of initiation completely and the girl who committed the offence was suspended from taking part in any sports until further notice. With this being said, I believe the school has done as much as they possibly can. The media has blown this entire story out of proportion and have only reported half of the actual story. Many people have pointed fingers at the school and have said it is a racist school. This is far from the truth. CAN I JUST MAKE IT CLEAR - the girl who ate the baby food is a deputy-head girl in our school and our head girl is Black. So before anyone passes judgement on the school-check the facts. It must also be said; the above-mentioned 'parent' is a Zulu subject teacher in the school and she has been accused for being racist towards white students. She conducts her classes in Zulu and does not explain anything in English to the white students sitting in her class. I have also been told that she makes racist remarks towards white students in the class such as "You white people really irritate me". SO WHO'S THE RACIST NOW?

  • helen.derobillard - 2012-05-02 13:09

    This mother that needs to take her child for counselling is nuts,the mother is a teacher at Ferrum who toy toyed send her for counselling for the chip she has for been black

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