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St John’s moves council meeting off campus allegedly fearing protests

The protesting group, named #OpenStJohns, has decided to hold its own meeting on the school property, to talk about experiences and the way forward.

St John's College.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The St John's College council has moved its meeting off campus, allegedly out of fear of protests by old boys, parents and pupils following a racism scandal.

Geography teacher Keith Arlow was forced to resign last week after being found guilty of serious offences, including victimising pupils based on race.

The protesting group, named #OpenStJohns, has decided to hold its own meeting on the school property to talk about experiences and the way forward.

Some of the signs made by protesters read: "Stop the cover-up!" and "Make SJC a home for all!"

Old boy Marcus Trengrove is among those gathered at St John's on Monday night.

He says: “Essentially the council of St Johns, the governing body was meant to meet tonight here at St John's. And when they found out we were going to picket at the event, they decided to move their meeting off campus. And I think what they’ve really proven is that they don’t represent St John’s.”

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