Race row at Cape Town school over braids

2012-07-18 09:20

Cape Town - A race row has erupted at a Cape Town high school after schoolgirls said they were insulted for having braids in their hair and accused a teacher of using a racial slur.

The Cape Argus said a group of about 50 girls from Wynberg Senior Secondary School went to a local police station to report the alleged incident.

It appeared that the braids had been woven into the girls’ hair during the holidays.

Die Son apparently reported that on the girls’ first day at school they were chased from the classroom because of the braids in their hair and that a teacher had used the word kaffir while scolding them.

The education department said it was investigating the incident and said school policy specified that braids were not allowed.

  • catherine.harrison.566 - 2012-07-18 09:28

    I'm against any expensive hair treatments for schoolchildren - braids, streaks, perms etc - for white or black. Because it makes the kids who can't afford them stress and feel inferior and the kids who can afford them feel like queens. Schoolchildren should be as equal as possible in school so that they can focus as much as possible on learning. That we are born unequal materially and in terms of our abilities is a fact, but let's try not to concretize it at school.

      khanyisa.sulo - 2012-07-18 09:38

      I couldn't agree with you more, kids should be kids at school presentable in their school uniform and neatly plaited hair, and when they get to varsity they can colour their hair purple for all I care...

      Moi - 2012-07-18 09:48

      Agreed. The children are there to learn. Yes, the students need to be tidy and presentable, not fashionable. If they know that having braids is against the school rules, why not take them out before going back to school?? - 2012-08-07 10:50

      Their parents were racist for so long that the kids have learnt it.. There are many closet racists in South Africa and its apaarent in the news 24 comments every day. The only positive thing is that WE RULE NOW, so you will not get away with racist slurs anymore... NEVA, EVA

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-07-18 09:29

    Dont turn this into a race issue, school rules are rules. Dont you get it people. Just like text books in limpolo

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-18 09:44

      exactly, spoilt brats trying to get their way, rules are rules end of story, I would very much doubt the teacher used the "K" word.

      E=MC2 - 2012-07-18 10:28

      and by running to the "local police station" nogal! Why not approach the headmaster first? Definate attention seeking if you ask me!

      merven.halo - 2012-07-18 10:51

      Yes it might be a stunt from the kids, but, it is going to be their word against his/her. And of course blacks are always the 'victims'.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-18 11:33

      Come in themba.thwala.....!

  • christopher.mccormick.127 - 2012-07-18 09:29

    jeez news 24, once again just throwing the K word around again. Maybe a bit of sensitivty/ And @poloyatonki... your an idiot! Its due to people like you that SA is where it is today.

      E=MC2 - 2012-07-18 10:29

      call a spade a spade... poliodonkey is a spade

  • petrivoges - 2012-07-18 09:30

    I dont think you can believe everything a mob of 50 schoolgirls say when they knowing break school rules and are confronted for it.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-18 10:52

      @reginald, because I don't think any teacher would be so stupid to use racist language in the class room.

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-07-18 12:31

      dont believe them...they laid a charge...the truth shall come out...i for one believe them

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-18 12:43

      @gerald.nchabeleng - You for one are only defending them because they are of your race no doubt, i for one believe that

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-07-18 09:31

    Wouldn't be surprised if they made up the racial slur story just to get their way. I've seen spoiled students reduce a phD to tears by getting him fired for a false sexual harassment case, just because he tried to send them out of a lecture for being inconsiderate.

      Kala - 2012-07-18 14:01

      I have heard similar stories of kids opening a case of sodomy against a teacher after they stole his laptop.

  • daniel.ngubane.7 - 2012-07-18 09:36

    My daugther in primary school in CapeTown was asked to remove her braids because they were brown!!

      Philimsomi - 2012-07-18 10:12

      kodwa why put braids on her in da first place? She s just a child!!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-18 10:15

      Maybe it was against the school rules, not about the colour?

      merven.halo - 2012-07-18 10:54

      Next time try white braids...

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-18 11:46

      i wanted long hair at school, had to cut it myself after being found it passed my ears, i was not allowed to cut a step either, it was the school rules, this is like the gum chewing chicks, nothing but attitude, make up a massive misdirection in the form of the slur and shift the attention from their hair, everyone knows school is about looking fab so you can meet the daddy of your grant...i mean child

      Jade Princess Forbes - 2014-07-24 20:38

      @martin.britchford5. Dude, no. You were doing so well until you perpetuated the stereotype, I sincerely doubt that girls at Wynberg are looking for a baby grant.

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-18 09:38

    No person in their right mind wil use that word its obviously just a way to make the teacher pay for trying to keep the school rules the girls know the power of the word and is using it to set her up

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-07-18 13:46

      There goes that chip,, sorry I mean forest on their shoulder again, destroying the life of the teacher, give a few of them a polygraph test as to whether that word was used. While I was at school if the rules said no braides it meant no braids, you have done it to create this situation and so you should have been given detention. You are lying the teacher would never have used this racial slur....liars

      Vusi Dina - 2014-08-01 00:06

      Bigots are not in their right mind

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-07-18 09:43

    I wonder if that word was reall used by the teacher or was it used by the girls to strngthen their case? I've known them to do this on a number of occasions

  • Erna - 2012-07-18 09:44

    Don't believe everything a bunch of high school girls tell you. They are made aware of the school rules, and should abide by them

      kim.bezuidenhout - 2012-07-18 09:53

      I agree. We weren't allowed to perm or colour our hair at school so braiding shouldn't be allowed either. Feel sorry for the teacher - she's probably already been found guilty because of the race issue and because of 50 school girls.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-18 09:44

    i dont see wrong with looks need..

      wesleywt - 2012-07-18 09:49

      Its against school policy, don't you read?

      rui.d.barros.7 - 2012-07-18 09:56

      Storm cant even write

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-07-18 10:08

      @Storm: "neat" is what you're looking for...

      merven.halo - 2012-07-18 10:55

      No, Storm is right, it looks need. Need to be taken out and get a wash.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-18 09:48

    there are rules, obey them, simple

      louwc - 2012-07-18 10:19

      Three issues here: 1) There rules, obey them. 2) If the rule is stupid according to you as a pupil, follow due process to influence the deciscion makers and get it changed, until then, obey the rules. 3) Did the teacher, whilst rightfully enforcing the rule, act correctly or not. Done!

      mikenortje - 2012-07-18 10:56

      joooou Louwc!!!! to much common sense for one person!!!! Well said need more straight thinking people in SA

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-18 09:48

    why the hell are braids an issue? as long as it is neat then there shouldn't be anything to moan about! We have bigger issues to deal with damnit.

      charles.wolfaardt1 - 2012-07-18 09:58

      What about the "TREE SCHOOL" up north. The goverment did not even recognised it.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-07-18 10:07

      I agree. Just because it's a rule doesn't mean it's the law or that it's right. Rules can be rewritten.

      louwc - 2012-07-18 12:31

      The point is, first get the rules/law changed, then you act without breaking the rule/law. Challenge the rules through debate, petitions to the school board, etc. It will even be a lesson in good governance to all involved. Teach the chldren they can influence their environment without breaking the rules. They then take that attitude into the future when they become the leaders of society. We all get all worked up when our current leaders transgress the regulations and laws of our country. Lets teach the future leaders there are due processes to change things that don't work or is plain stupid. Just for the record, I like braids! If you think the Stop sign at a certain junction is stupid and should be a Yield sign, petition the law makers, don't just drive straight over, you are breaking the law!

      Jayne - 2012-07-18 15:29

      It's called discipline and consequences. If you can't follow rules as a child, you will end up in jail as an adult because each act has consequences!

  • wesleywt - 2012-07-18 09:49

    If braids are against school policy, then it is good that they were chased away.

      Vusi Dina - 2014-08-01 00:13

      I'm sure using a racial slur is also against school policy.

  • dave.gray.35380 - 2012-07-18 09:52

    Braids are not allowed at the school, it is the Schools policy, but of course when people are in the wrong the only defense is call it racism. Pathetic, send the kids home until the braids are removed

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-07-18 11:38

      I don't think they should be sent home - I mean, the Constitution does give children the right to an education - but there should be some form of punishment. But I agree with your point on the racism.

  • ntsieni1 - 2012-07-18 09:53

    Mara why do our beautiful african ladies put some people hair on their heads,,\ladies I suggest that u wuld look great in dreadlock or ngwaza just like the Xhosa ladies,,plz dnt buy that weave n braid

      Blackdude80 - 2012-07-18 12:32

      Just like Xhosa ladies!! Jonga siphukuphundini,if awunanto yocommenta sufaka odade bethu. Buso bemfene

      Vusi Dina - 2014-08-01 00:14

      Buso bemfene LOL

  • ntsieni1 - 2012-07-18 09:53

    Mara why do our beautiful african ladies put some people hair on their heads,,\ladies I suggest that u wuld look great in dreadlock or ngwaza just like the Xhosa ladies,,plz dnt buy that weave n braid

  • marietspeel - 2012-07-18 09:56

    "... and said school policy specified that braids were not allowed." Those girls knew what they were in the wrong, so they made the issue about something else to get away with it - and THAT is a teenage-thing.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-18 14:39

      Most likely! Agree!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-18 09:57

    The girls propably dont want to take out the braids and therefor added a tale of "racial slur" in my opinion. Schools have a hard time keeping up with unruly kids, as it is. If the schools allow braids, then they must allow colouring as well. The little dicipline that the schools can apply are also now under threat, because of "democracy" and the right to this and the right to that. For pete's sake, please keep the little dicipline left in school rules, in the school's otherwise there is absolutely no point for any child still to go to school, because it will not be long before we have the american system, where children simply do as they please. In some schools, the "children's rights" are already being abused by certain students having sex in a classroom, without any worries on a school teacher walking in and having to wait outside the classroom for the 2 to finish. Yes many things that teachers have to put up with, that they cannot talk about because the children don't want dicipline. What a crying shame!!!

      Erna - 2012-07-18 10:08

      Agreed. With the little recourse schools have to discipline children, and the children know this, it is very hard to keep order in a school. In addition to this, the staff do not get co-operation from the parents either, because according to them, their little darlings never do anything wrong!

  • reginald.dube - 2012-07-18 09:59

    2 different issues, if the school policy says no braids they must remove them.BUT i wonder did all just came with same hair style after school holidays (something is fishy there). then the racial slur,if it was said. the teacher must be punished it does not matter if he/she is black or white.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-18 15:26

      If you read the article it says "about 50 girls" went to the police station". It also says "the girls were chased from the classroom". It's not likely that all girls were in the same classroom. Probably a small group of girls were in trouble for having flouted the school rules; and their friends joined in with a story.

  • Matthew - 2012-07-18 10:11

    They should be expelled.What in the hell,happened to discipline? respect? you go to school to be educated,not to see who has the best hair or looks the best.If it was done for the holidays,cool beans.UN-DO it before you go back to school.these girls are full of nonsense and no respect!!! and because the teacher did their Job and was more than likely at their cockyness of it all,scolded them.And quite typically because the want their way and the situation being the way it is,they turn to the only card they know to play rather than take responsibility...the race card.My mother was a teach at both wynberg high and primary,as my aunt at primary. I can only laugh at the fact that people will think/belive that a teacher their would actually use the "K" word.No one is that stupid,no matter how frustrated.if you belive these lying brats you are naive,ignorant and in my opinion just plain stupid... Hope someone has the right mind to stand up for the teacher =/

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-18 10:21

      Matthewo discipline and respect are old fashioned values no longer desirable in today's world.

      Matthew - 2012-07-18 10:27

      I couldnt agree with you more Jacqui.Its a very sad thing. It also leads people to re think if corpral punishment isnt such a bad idea (but then the debate of why and why not ensues)

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-18 10:28

      The school is not Wynberg High or Wynberg Primary, it is Wynberg Senior Secondary School, I know a girl who is a pupil there, it's close to Immaculata, the wrong side of the railway line, so to speak. I doubt very much if this would happen in either of the schools that your wife taught at.

      Matthew - 2012-07-18 13:56

      I have a wife? um...that would be incest dude. "my mother and my aunt" if you pay attention while you read.despite my terrible typing. And i doubt it would happen at any school quite frankly,unless you're refering to the situation as a whole,or the Teachers part in this? be a little more clear please? but again,no one is that stupid (as far as a teacher) goes to resort to that level. And regardless, its this child and her buddies that all heard this? what about the rest of the class.i wonder what they heard?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-18 10:15

    School policy states no braids. But hell why should we take notice of that?. If we aren't allowed to do what we like we shout racism and even whispers the dreaded K word and Bob's your uncle.We win. Question; what's wrong with braids anyway?.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-07-18 10:16

    went to a local police station instead of taking it up with the principal first? Attention seeking much?

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-18 10:18

    I see News24 cadres are done showering Mandela with praises and have gone back to their usual self, perpetuating racial hatred is the name of this game, LOL 67 minutes out the window coz we all claim to do good once a year. Pathetic!!!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-18 10:23

      Duma what racial hatred are you on about?. I spend 27years fighting for Mandela's release. You go do your 67minutes, I have paid my dues.

      duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-18 13:25

      Daniel Nkabinde was my uncle who's remains were exhumed in 1988 after he was buried alive by your type, I was born into this struggle and 67 minutes is nothing but some campaign by whites who are numbing their guilt. I won't have a heart like Mandela's and I will for sure fight fire with fire! while I piss on your fake struggle credentials.

  • maureenuys - 2012-07-18 10:20

    Well well good old Wynberg Girls High- Yip rules are rules!In 1963 I was a pupil in Matric at the school-during my "swot Leave" had streaks put in my hair and was almost expelled for it......What sin what horror and allowed to hide at the back of the hall during prize-giving. Rules help make choices and choices have consequences. Young ladies live with it get over your pride and focus on your studies.

      wendy.webb.980 - 2012-07-18 10:45

      This is not about Wynberg Girls' High, it's about Wynberg Senior Secondary.

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-18 10:26

    If it's school policy then the girls should follow the rules and be punished as schl kids shouldn't be fashionable, and if the teacher really used the 'K' word, she should be punished too.

  • dieter.erxleben.1 - 2012-07-18 10:28

    I agree school kids should be disciplined and there hair all shave off just like the milaterty and not be alloud to express them, then they will at least learn something. Come on people its just hair for crying out loud, we are suppose to embrace our diversity and it start with the individual.

      Moi - 2012-07-18 10:35

      Following the school rules won't make them any less diverse or take anything away from their individuality.

      lorrainesuh - 2012-07-18 11:01

      Its school policy, which i'm sure they were all aware of

      dieter.erxleben.1 - 2012-07-18 12:23

      its just braids, its like say girls arent alound to plat there hair. wheni was in school there was i big deal made about the fact that girls where wearing pants, if they look smart whats the problem

      Moi - 2012-07-18 12:27

      "its just braids, its like say girls arent alound to plat there hair." No, it's not the same as plaiting natural hair. It's the equivalent of not allowing pupils to perm or colour their hair, which is also not allowed at school. When I was in school, we had the same rules. No braids, no colouring hair, no perming, hair had to be tied up if it reached your shoulders etc... Guess what...we all survived, individuality intact!

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-07-18 10:43

    Sounds to me like revenge.. The girls were upset about not being allowed to wear braids and now the easiest defence is to say the teachers used racist words.

  • merushan - 2012-07-18 11:03

    Seems as thou 'racist' is the easiest word tp pronounce nowdays. Looks as if that's the first word they thought when learning how to talk

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-18 11:39

    Danny, I like your singing, but could you please do something about that slurname of yours?

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-07-18 11:59

    Personally I think braids are neatlooking and it also save the person a lot of time in the morning when preparing for school or work.However school policy fobids the wearing of braids and this needs to be respected.I'm of the opinion that these girls have collectively decided to defy the order and are now fabricating the 'K' story to lend more muscle to the gripe,hate me for what I'm about to say but unfortunately it is fact:black students from the township are infamous for their arrogance,defiance and ill discipline in other areas (Mplain,athlone,Kraaifontein etc)where they refuse to associate with other races,and acts superior to others,they also refuse to participate in sportactivities and other extra mural activities and are the main causes of friction and divisions within these schools,this is FACT.

  • philile.khanyile.5 - 2012-07-18 12:17

    Attention seekers, why why too young to be thinking about braids they must focus their attention on something important EDUCATION not hair styles.

  • Willie - 2012-07-18 12:46

    Are this children there to learn or are they attending a fashion parade

  • bonolo.b.dikgole - 2012-07-18 13:20

    Oh, PLEASE!!!! What happened to school children keeping their hair neat - plain simple cornrows or ponytail!!!!! This child's parent is irresponsible, how do you let your child go to school with braids on her hair????? Really now!!!! We used to go to detention for untidiness white or black - braids, perms, hair dyes and hair that touched your colar was a HUGE felony. Mxm, if i was the teacher i would have asked the garden man outside for his Big lawn scissors and cut the hair myself.

  • lukassiviwe.mdazuka - 2012-07-18 13:25

    News24 \farmer killed\! White people: genocide. News24 \black racial abused'! White people: there must be another story,were not racist, they should focus on education, they are lying, they are stupid etc... Me:#quiet#

  • Sean.Nefdt - 2012-07-18 16:43

    We have to much flippin rules , is the child presentable with the hair , does she look untidy,does it unduly distract her from her school work that should be the real issue , but goodness everything is made a big issue nowadays.

  • BmanCav - 2012-07-18 22:53

    You broke the school rules. You got bust. But let's use the RACE CARD as it makes you think you right! Go to school to learn and show off your fashion!

  • Charmaine.Hetem - 2012-07-23 04:03

    I think schools should rather focus on education and getting kids to enjoy learning. Use the time to engage kids in learning so that the matric pass rate can improve. Worrying about nonsense like hairstyles is a waste of time.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-08-07 10:15

    why is news24 censoring comments that are much for the noise they make for freedom of expression

  • thembi.mlotshwa.33 - 2012-08-07 10:33

    Will racism ever end?

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