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ANC rejects Westville High's apology

KwaZulu-Natal ANC spokesperson Senzo Mkhize says the school is shifting the blame.

Westville High School exhibited T-shirts which feature President Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela and Bheki Cele. Picture: Politicsweb

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC on Wednesday rejected an apology from a KwaZulu-Natal school for displaying T-shirts mocking President Jacob Zuma and other former leaders.

Westville High School apologised for exhibiting the shirts at the Westville Market Mall in Durban.

The shirts feature Zuma, former president Nelson Mandela and former police commissioner Bheki Cele.

According to the school, the shirts were made by free-thinking art pupils in preparation for examinations.

But KwaZulu-Natal ANC spokesperson Senzo Mkhize says the teachers who displayed them at the mall have a vendetta against the ruling party.

He says they suspect the pupils were encouraged to create insulting artwork.

Mkhize says learners must have had supervision and guidance from teachers.

"The school is shifting the blame to the students."

The ANC said it was shocked and insulted by the artwork.

One of the T-shirts was labelled "fakers since 1994".