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ANC: Westville shirts are offensive

The ANC has slammed a KZN high school for T-shirt designs depicting negative images of the ruling party.

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

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has slammed a Durban school after learners designed a range of T-shirts depicting images of President Jacob Zuma and other leading party figures.

The party regards the designs as unflattering and offensive.

The ANC has issued a statement calling on management at the Westville Boys High School to investigate the matter.

The party's KwaZulu-Natal spokesman Senzo Mkhize says, "It's critical of the work that has been done in this country in terms of social cohesion, nation building and creating harmony amongst racial groups."

On Wednesday, the Westville Boys' High School apologised for exhibiting the shirts at the Westville Market Mall in Durban.

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

But Mkhize says the teachers who displayed them at the mall have a vendetta against the ruling party.

He 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".

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