[LISTEN] Parent horrified at alleged racism at NW school

Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke

"They say the school says the children made a decision to sit that way, which is not true", said the disgruntled parent.

The department said the teacher had been suspended with immediate effect.

This was not the first time children have been subjected to racism in the country's schools.

The DA in North West says it welcomes an investigation to get to the bottom of the segregated seating of pupils at Schweizer Reneke Laerskool. One of the kids mothers', during an interview with Open News South Africa, recalled how excited she was to drop off her child at the Grade R class, where all the kids were lined up outside, ready to start the day.

An image circulating on social media which shows black and white children seated at separate tables at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.

An image circulating on social media which shows black and white children seated at separate tables, apparently at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.

Lehari said a decision on the fate of the principal had not been taken.

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The education minister for the North West province, Sello Lehare, said the school explained that "the learners were separated according to those who could understand Afrikaans and English", the BBC reported. We have always wanted to march against the school and have never done so. "Around 9 o'clock the class teacher posted the picture saying they are settling well at school".

Protestors gathered outside the school on Thursday morning, and some white parents have removed their children from the school because they fear for their safety. "We are not racists‚ we just want what is best for our children". There are over 10 schools at the township.

A group of parents of white pupils drove over the school fence with their vehicles and took away their children‚ saying they were rescuing them from angry protesters.

The account claims the children were rearranged and the photo taken in response to the backlash with which the incident was met.

He said he did so because the explanation given for separating the pupils did not sit well with him.

Governing body chairperson Jozeph du Plessis released a statement after a chaotic day at the school, which saw a protest by members of the community, including some EFF members, and a visit by provincial government officials.

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