A story about a school in the North West allegedly separating black and children in a Grade R class is making international headlines
Stars like musician Miles B have slammed a picture of four black pupils sitting in a corner, separate from their white classmates at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.
“ahhh HELLL NAH!” he commented on a post shared on The Shade Room about the incident.
Love and Hip-Hop star Apryl Jones was also shocked by the image. “Wow,” she wrote.
Iranian-born model Uldouz says racism is a “very current” issue in SA.
“I travelled to South Africa and this is a very current issue there, breaks my heart,” she commented.
She is not the only international star to have allegedly witnessed racism first hand in Mzansi.
“This is exactly how it is. Presently I visited a school when I was filming a television series there this past summer and couldn’t believe my eyes,” actor Milan Christopher said.
The school has responded to the viral post
Jozeph du Plessis, the school’s governing body chairperson, said in a statement that the picture was a “reflection of a single moment in a classroom” and staff would be assisted in “aspects where it appears that integration is not taking place as it should”.
“The governing body does not condone any distinction based on race. Learners from different backgrounds, including race, religion and language, are not merely accommodated but are fully integrated in all aspects of the school environment.”
Other pictures taken of the class show the children interacting together, but some have questioned whether the images were taken in the same setting or after concerns about the seating.
The teacher, who reportedly shared the picture via a WhatsApp group to update parents about the children’s first day at school, has been suspended by the North West Education Department pending the outcome of an investigation.
Local stars are also up in arms about the picture
“What the hell is going on here?!?” asked Pearl Thusi.
Khul Chana wrote: “”This is bad!”