Racist teacher gets 3-month suspension

2013-04-18 09:38

Johannesburg - A Gauteng teacher has received a 3-month suspension without pay for making racist remarks to a pupil and ordering him to remove a religious bracelet.

The Star reported that the teacher had been charged with misconduct.

The Grade 3 pupil, who was not named, had apparently endured verbal abuse and derogatory slurs from the teacher for three years, leading him to eventually injure himself to stop his mother from sending him to school.

The teacher apparently called the boy a “coolie” several times and also yelled at him, “Are you deaf, dumb or stupid?”

The teacher is married to the principal at the school and after the incident came to light, was put on precautionary suspension before the final suspension and a final written warning were given.

But the parents of the boy say the punishment is not severe enough.

 “How can they just suspend her for six months when she put my child through hell for three years? I don’t think this is a fair sanction. After three months, she will be back at the school, and God knows what she will do to my child this time,” the boy’s emotional mother said.

“I don’t even know how to tell my son about the sanction because he’s so scared of that woman. Last year, he hurt himself because he was scared to go to school. I don’t know what he will do this time when the teacher comes back.”

  • JJ_D - 2013-04-18 09:49

    THis makes me so angry...what could a child have done to deserve this treatment? Bigots of all races taking their anger out on those who really do not deserve it... They should fire this woman...

      Sabata Masoabi - 2013-04-18 11:39

      The use of the "C" word when referring to the Indian community still remains a bomb waiting to explode. It is a fact that we Blacks still refer to the indians as "Amakula", and I know for a fact that there is no insult or racist intention behind that. We grew up calling them that and still do today. Or is it unacceptable when used by some people and not others?

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-04-18 12:45

      The term "Amakula" or "Co*lies" is not acceptable in our society.

  • JMaree - 2013-04-18 09:50

    Fire her, she should not have the privilege of teaching!

      Regte Boer - 2013-04-18 09:53

      As long as she doesn't teach maths. We need those...

      Nigel Burgess - 2013-04-18 09:58

      Agreed. And calling this child a Coolie is racist. Get rid of this gadget - to Zimbabwe with it.

      Joe James - 2013-04-19 08:48

      @Nigel, you got me thinking. Thanks.

  • Gift Mogiftana - 2013-04-18 09:52

    wow after traumatizing an innocent child for 3 years, the teacher gets a 3 months break and then she'll come back even more angrier and intolerant to traumatize the poor child some many other kids has she done this to?

  • kenneth.mthethwa - 2013-04-18 09:53

    Fire her...

      Slowrider - 2013-04-18 11:33

      Name her and the school.

  • Garth Baldwin - 2013-04-18 09:53

    absolutely shocking.. I would seek a legal opinion if that were my child.

  • Jayson Beckwith - 2013-04-18 09:53

    Firstly this woman should be banned from teaching for life. And secondly,, isn't working for the boss called nepotism? This is wrong on so many platforms.

  • Joe Mase - 2013-04-18 09:54

    We want you you to name and shame this teacher. Definitely NOT fit to teach ANY child. Three months suspension is an insult.

  • Peter Joseph - 2013-04-18 09:56

    Mam, please take him out of that school - the teacher is not going to change! Exposure to such an environment or individual is a nightmare and will impact negatively on his confidence and esteem in life going forward.

  • Mpho Molise - 2013-04-18 09:57


  • Mphumzi Sizani - 2013-04-18 10:00

    sick sick teacher and 3 months is not not enough she shud get a transfer and 1 year suspension...

  • Maylene Mills - 2013-04-18 10:00

    So Strange, Government and corrupt officials dont get suspended without pay for stealing tax payers hard earned money

      Thukhe Ndlovu Farmer - 2013-04-18 10:03

      Its only happening to us farmers.

      Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-04-18 10:04

      This is an isolated incident Maylene,u condone racism indirectly,grow up

      Sudika Harkhu - 2013-04-18 10:40

      so what she did was right?

      Katriena Swartz - 2013-04-18 11:27

      Maylene I do not condone corruption and most definitely not government's inaction in this regard. But condoning the victimization of an innocent child because government does not act against the thieves in its midst? Reaaly? How sick are you?

      Ledzepkid Zn - 2013-04-18 11:35

      News24 removed my reply to your comment Maylene. Heres hoping they dont remove it again when i repost.

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-04-18 12:50

      I like @Ledzepkid Zn , you are schooling these news24 racist commentators!! If the topic does not affect them, they start bringing up farm murders, BEE , corruption to justify the wrong actions done by their own. They were blaming ANC when Oscar Pistorious killed Reeva. A muslim guy was killed in Krugersdorp because of his religion, they tried to justify that by farm murders.

  • Lulama Mabindisa Nokubeni - 2013-04-18 10:01

    Racism is still a huge problem in this country. It is sad because it is now affecting kids

      Nigel Burgess - 2013-04-18 10:22

      Not as huge as it used to be, but yes it's there, and coming from all races.

      Fisiwe Tshabangu - 2013-04-18 10:41

      I doubt it will ever end!

  • Terence Pattison - 2013-04-18 10:08

    Why hasn`t she been named & shamed (The Teacher). ??

  • Wade Terblanche - 2013-04-18 10:12

    That teacher was my music teacher 12 years ago, what a shame I remember her as a stern but sweet women. Oh well you do the crime you pay the time. Poor kid I hope he is well.

      Tsietsi Matubako - 2013-04-18 10:21

      How do you know its the same teacher?

      Wade Terblanche - 2013-04-18 10:41

      I know, I live close by and attended that school in my good young days.

      Junior Mahlo - 2013-04-18 12:06

      Since you know her could you please give us her name and the name of the school?

  • Marianne Tholstrup Svendsen - 2013-04-18 10:18

    That teacher should not be allowed to be an educator. The children are the future of the Nation, and It's OUR job to take good care of them.

  • Andrea Elizabeth Van Schalkwyk - 2013-04-18 10:23

    Arthur I think u are now being racist! Im a white woman of 35 and in the 13 years I've taught I have never taught a white face! I love my children I don't see their colour and I teach them to be fair, kind and loving! Not all whites are rich racists, some of us are trying our best in a country who hates us just because we are white and vise versa! We shld judge each other on our worth and our morals and not our colour and treat each person with respect! Ppl shld not be denied anything on the basis of colour! If our government taught ppl achievement through hard work and not through colour alone, our country would be one of healing and not one of pain!

      arthur.motsamai - 2013-04-18 10:28

      Adrea i wont be say m wrong but at the same time thre are few gud white people out there. I never generalizd white to say they racist you are the one pointing fingers.

  • Janine Hughes - 2013-04-18 10:26

    Name and shame this woman.

  • Daryl Jackson - 2013-04-18 10:26


      ltmodise - 2013-04-18 10:37

      Whoever told you that misled you my friend

      Sudika Harkhu - 2013-04-18 10:38

      so what the teacher did was right?

      Fisiwe Tshabangu - 2013-04-18 10:48

      What's your point Daryl?

      Thabani Simelane - 2013-04-18 11:04

      Daryl, I don't which dictionary u using but that wrong.

      Ledzepkid Zn - 2013-04-18 11:05

      So what the teacher said is right? Come on Daryll. Lay it down.

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-04-18 11:09

      Daryl, who taught you that non0sense? White foam is called iGwebu everywhere you go!! Calling a white person "uMlungu" is equivalent to a White person calling a black person "Black"..Funny enough there is no racial slur for a white person in South African languages.

      Junior Mahlo - 2013-04-18 12:11

      Lmaoo shame dude in our African Languages Mlungu or Lekgowa means White person

  • johannes.seanego.14 - 2013-04-18 10:29

    Ppl,if a parent sent a kid to school doesn't mean that poor must harrassed or abused in other way round, this one it's a BIG NO.Mind u teachers are second parent to our children to lay foundation on our kids not to brutalize them so,TO HELL WTH THIS IDIOD TEACHER

  • alananthonygreen - 2013-04-18 10:31

    Tell your child to man up!

      Andrew Selous - 2013-04-18 10:46

      tempted to post reportable comment.......mudflap.

      Bob Wowzer - 2013-04-18 10:53

      Exactly. Kids are too mothered these days. As a result they grow up to become a real bunch of wussies. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, people aren't going to be nice to you in the adult world. School is meant to prepare you for life as an adult, not shield you from harsh realities.

      Fisiwe Tshabangu - 2013-04-18 10:54

      You need serious prayer Alan!

      Ledzepkid Zn - 2013-04-18 11:18

      @ Alan and Bob. You have no honour or compassion. You have failed as a human if that is your belief. PS... And please dont bring some but BEE this and BEE that argument in or Life hardened me YOUR own logic people shouldnt feel bad for themselves just man up right? Especially those grade 3 learners... yoh.

      John Smith - 2013-04-18 12:41

      Have you ever manned up to a bully 3 times your size? Not likely unless you are armed and are prepared to use it!

      Shivani Moodley - 2013-04-18 22:19

      Bob and Alan would you dare say MAN UP to your 8 year old child? Would you not Mother your Child? considering they are at the mercy of cruel predators who are out to rob them of their childhood. A child goes to school to be educated, to develop their minds and use them wisely...dont you wish you could turn back time...go back to school ...Maybe your mindfulness would reflect some maturity by time you read this article. School is not a military boot camp, or some assylum. I pity your child or children for they seriously did not ask to be moulded by such harshness.

      Kiran Kalpee - 2013-04-18 22:23

      Alan\Bob the kid is 8 years old. Nuff said? Dont have kids...they dont deserve to be brought into a world with people like u

      Diran Pillay - 2013-04-19 12:17

      His in Grade 3, why do you defend a racist? p###

  • Shirley Thomsen - 2013-04-18 10:36

    I think before a teacher is qualified to become one, they must undergo extensive psychoanalysis evaluation…. They can break or make a small child, and I know a few people that have undergo serve verbal abuse at a young age from teachers, and still they have emotional damage….. If something is not right at my daughter school, I go and I sort it out doesn’t matter how small the problem…. If they get away with it once, they will do it repeatedly… This teacher should be fired, she is a racist and a bully!!! And she was in a comfort zone, coz Hubby is the principle… I bet he knew of her antics as well!!!

      Sabelo Mcondobi - 2013-04-18 11:00

      You absolutely correct shirley because really a small child put her trust in her or his teacher and parents too. Now this is happening. Teachers must undergo physchaetric evaluation and intense councelling

  • Medumo Lekgoba - 2013-04-18 10:41

    As a parent knowing your child has to face the devil who'll be mad after minus 3 months payment is nightmare

  • Sabelo Mcondobi - 2013-04-18 10:53

    We condemn the racist remarks in schools and always wish that those who insult learners be dealt with. The punishment is not enough in my opinion because the child suffered for three years and is traumatised. That's a lesson we should all learn. Children are a gift from God and they trust their teachers.That teacher is a monster and a disgrace

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-18 11:04

    She should not be allowed to teach any longer, this way we will never bring racism under control!

  • Gary5 - 2013-04-18 11:04

    No wonder the teacher got cross, the pupil would not answer the question. Relax ,just a bit of sick humour,ok

      arthur.motsamai - 2013-04-18 11:31

      I still dont find anything funny there!

      Gary5 - 2013-04-18 11:43

      Well if you cannot understand it or find no humour thats fine ,just move on.

  • Kaya Dada - 2013-04-18 11:05

    If that racist cretin treats a grade 3 child like that, i wonder what he does to his own children.

  • Synomore - 2013-04-18 11:06

    Yes they should name 'n shame her,she is been torturing 'n harrassing the young boy in proccess teaching him hate, if I were his parent I would sue her. She is taking advantage because her husband is a Principal.

  • Benjamin Franklin - 2013-04-18 11:11

    This is about ignorance! She should be fired!

  • Synomore - 2013-04-18 11:12

    If I was his parent I would have sued her for teaching my kid hate.

  • Inay Jones - 2013-04-18 11:19

    She should be stripped of her degree, and banned from ever working with children.

  • Garth Labuschagne - 2013-04-18 11:40

    Why did the parents wait 3 years fir something to be done? Probably didn't care much then

      Kiran Kalpee - 2013-04-18 21:41

      Garth, dont you think the parents would have done something had they known what was happening to their child? Perhaps the child was to scared to say something. The subtle hint in the headline stated the child pretended to hurt himself so he can stay away from school.

  • Moses Dama - 2013-04-18 11:53

    Wait for end of the year and change ur boy to another school because u take decesion ur self to go to department and u never consult the teacher so the teacher cant love the boy again make plan to change school

  • John Smith - 2013-04-18 11:57

    It is unlawful to suspend any employee WITHOUT pay. Make him sit and teach an empty classroom! Do not give him a paid holiday!

  • Alida Pope - 2013-04-18 11:57

    I recommend that you take the boy to a different school and sue the teacher and principal at the same time. If you dont want to this,take out a restraining order against her so that she can't teach your son again.

  • Shawon Tiltman - 2013-04-18 12:10

    l can't believe they waited 3years to nip this in the butt. the first time she spoke to my child like that l would have been at the school and l would grab the principle by his short and curlys. and make a sound promise that l will remove those said curls if my child was not moved to another class and the teacher to have no further contact with my child...

  • Gregory Oxley - 2013-04-18 14:28

    She used to teach me, and I know for a FACT that she would always call all of us derogatory names as a playful joke. I myself was known as "Vetkoek" because of my size, and it never hurt me. At the beginning of each year, she would tell us that if it offended us, we should speak to her about it. She was an excellent teacher and a wonderful woman. Besides, we are only hearing about it from the child's side. For all you know, the child could have made it up to get back at her for something trivial, that's how far down the gutter this country gotten anyway.

      Anthony Paul - 2013-04-18 15:01

      Hey Vetkoek. Put a sock in it.

      Ledzepkid Zn - 2013-04-18 16:30

      Just so everyone is aware, Mr Oxley is implying that the country started going down the gutter the second all of us got to vote. :) No need to thank me Greg. I know how some of you guys struggle to just come right out and say things. PS Your comment didnt irk me, kids do lie, it is a high possibilty. But that whole bit at the end about country down the gutter... makes me think you think this child is lying just because he is indian. Step too far buddy. Your racism is showing. *GASP

      Katriena Swartz - 2013-04-18 18:25

      Gregory if she was such a wonderful teacher and woman she would not have called children derogatory names (even if some were not offended) What child would have the guts to tell the teacher that she/he was offended by her? What you just said confirms that she is a horrible person that should not be allowed to teach.

      Shivani Moodley - 2013-04-18 22:39

      ARE YOU DUMB, STUPID OR WHAT? awe sorry Gregory did i offend you? please see me when the bell rings! this lady does not deserve the title teacher nor to be described as excellent. The term COOLIE is not commonly used by a grade 3 pupil and i bet they didnt need a dictionery or history lesson to link the fact that NOBODY has the right to call them a Coolie. so i am not sure if you had a hard time linking the fact that YOUR teacher referred to you as some kind of deep fried batter, that expanded and was abit off shape. maybe you should have reminded her that your name is Gregory ...but she could call you Greg or better yet you could have said to her "miss you can call me OX" i bet she found the name calling hard to resist.

      Shaun Mangasi - 2013-04-19 09:54

      You think like a fatkoek so it wasn't really an insult.

      Diran Pillay - 2013-04-19 12:12

      piss off man, defending a racist. Imagine this: Good morning madam, good morning c***** k******b******

  • Anthony Paul - 2013-04-18 14:48

    The idiots who are even questioning if this is racist have just exposed themselves as racist. I see N24 attracts the dumbest of the dumb.

  • Kiran Kalpee - 2013-04-18 21:58

    these comments are ridiculous. you guys are taking cheap shots at the parents of the child saying that they should have reacted 3 years ago.what if the child did not confide in his parents regarding this matter? perhaps he was too scared\ashamed? some of you are blaming the child?seriously? if this were your child how would you feel? but its easy to blame the kid because hes not white? seriously, wake up and smell the racism.stupidy breeds stupidy. some of you should not have kids..

  • jeanpierre.legrange.7 - 2013-04-19 07:05

    I never condoned what the teacher said. Everything she did was to hurt the kid. Her intentions were not racist, but hurtful. She is an idiot that is all. This racism card is honestly starting to become extremely boring. When 2 blacks or 2 whites fight it is simply 2 guys fighting. As soon as one is white and one is black its racism?? PLEASE wake up to the 21st century. You can be a complete Ahole without being racist too.

      Devan Govindan - 2013-04-19 12:09

      I reply to your other ignorant comment. Where do you come from? I am Indian and grew up with Indians in an Indian Township and not once have i ever heard Indian referring to other Indians as "coolies". I think you are smoking your socks or are seriously retarded. Charous yeah but coolie no.

      Tenusha Teneille Naidoo - 2013-04-19 13:00

      We call each other Charous NOT coolies.

      Ledzepkid Zn - 2013-04-19 13:25

      I want to hit you in the face. I mean seriously. You ARE heartless OR lack the need or desire to understand people who are of a different skin colour. A GROWN woman of a different race called an indian child a coolie. Do you not see that as racist? Seriously. Im willing to bet what your response is gonna be... some chest thumping rocky style retort about how tough you are and i cant take you blah blah pssssh. Yet you fail to understand the real monster is you. Or maybe you do but you just dont care. Let me put it in words you might understand... an ass kicking from chuck norris does not hurt as much as that word. Forget the origins. Forget the mood of the user when he/she said it. It hurts us like hell. Does that make us all wimps? You know what dont answer... You just refuse to see things from our perspective. PERSPECTIVE... that which white people lack. Oh and by the way the only people getting tired of racism "card" is white people because you dont want to confront the pain you all caused us. We know. We get it. Its a bridge too far for your superior white pride. The rest of us are not tired of the racism "card". We are sick of racism full stop.

      Odirile Seemise - 2013-04-19 16:47

      Ledzepkid Zn.. what a great honest response to ignorance. The unfortunate part is that the gist of your comment will be lost by her attempting and failing(given) to outwit you.

  • Vanessa Govender - 2013-04-19 10:39

    instead of level headed intelligent arguments, empathy and anger for and on behalf of a child whose no doubt been scarred by this verbal abuse- this is what we resort to.. name calling and slurs and finger pointing. And thats why we will probably always have this huge chip on our shoulders coz we are all too damn self righteous and indignant but for all the wrong reasons. PS: Coolie amuses me more than it offends me! And people who use racial slurs are even more hilarous - its simply a lack of vocabulary that compels some misguided ppl to utter such words.

  • Zethu Mthembu - 2013-04-19 10:40

    She was being malicious through her words and I do consent with the mother on the fact that the teachers sanction was too light,3years does not compare to 6months.

  • Andre de Villiers - 2013-04-19 10:44

    I've missed something in the article what is the race of the teacher?

      Diran Pillay - 2013-04-19 12:08

      what do you think, it's obvious white, sorry I mean right

      Siboniso Mathenjwa - 2013-04-19 16:49

      i think she was a white and the child was black

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-19 11:34

    Why does the parents not lay a charge against her?

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-19 11:36

    Another point if this has been going on for three years the principal must have known about it and did nothing?guess who wears the pants in that household.

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-19 11:41

    Get your 'blacksheep sister' you know the wild- one to settle that teachers hash!

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