Parent says racism rife at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke

North West province

She continued that she contacted another parent to talk about the situation, and that parent subsequently got in touch with the school principal for clarifications on why their kids were separated.

A mother of one of the black students said she was outraged at the segregation and also the fact that not one of the white parents had mentioned it.

According to the mother, she dropped of her child at school and around 9am, the teacher posted a photo of the grade R classroom on WhatsApp to give the parents an update on their kids.

After meeting school staff and education department officials, Mr Lehare confirmed that the form teacher in question had been suspended.

Parents have started removing their children from a Schweizer-Reneke primary school in the North West amid protests outside the school.

Black residents said they have been complaining about racism at the school for over a decade.

There have been calls to shut down the private school while others said it was proof that racism was still rampant in everyday life across South Africa.

The father said he was shocked when the picture went viral.

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After the break the children were moved to a different seating plan and were no longer separated by race.

The school has not responded to requests from the local media for comment.

"My child claims that he is being ill-treated by white children in the school". So I ask everybody, they must keep calm.

"It is our firm view that schools, through its education ethos, have the role to instil values of dignity, respect, equality and tolerance for our learners. Acts or practice of racism have no place in our society and can not be tolerated 24 years into our democracy", read the union's statement.

"I will send a team to do an investigation into all schools.to deal with issues of racism in totality".

Commissioner Andre Hurtley Gaum says he's concerned.

"On behalf of the department, I wish to condemn in its strongest terms any allegation of racism in our schools which contradict the constitution of our country", Lehari said. Schools are platforms for teaching and learning - not only a formal curriculum - but also fundamental value systems.

An education official said: 'We are not sure whether is fake or real, if it's real we are condemning it, we say not during this era, we can not really accept it'.

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