Parents whose children were racially segregated at the Curro Roodeplaat Private School in Pretoria say their children are not aware of race.
“My son doesn’t know colour,” said one parent, Ntombi Khumalo today.
“I want it to stay that way. He must just see kids as kids.”
She claimed her child, in Grade 1, had not told her he was in a class with black children only, while another class mostly consisted of white children.
She had heard the matter from other concerned parents.
“It was not always like this,” Khumalo said, adding that she had two children in the school.
“When my child was here last year in Grade R, they were integrated.”
She was unsure what had brought about the change.
Two weeks ago, a group of black parents signed a petition against the school, claiming they were unhappy that their children were in one class, and white children in another.
Last week, regional manager at Curro Holdings, Andre Pollard, denied the school was racially segregating its pupils.
“It is not because we would like to segregate the whites, it is just because of friends. Children are able to make friends with children of their culture,” he told Eyewitness News.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the school today. Addressing reporters at the school, he said what had happened could not be justified.
“Private schools are not immune to laws of this country,” he said.
“As from tomorrow, no child will be discriminated against on the base of their colour. No child will be discriminated against on the base of their culture,” said Lesufi.