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'Curro School promoted racism'

Panyaza Lesufi says the school split pupils up because white parents threatened to remove their children.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the Curro Foundation School in Pretoria after reports of racial segregation. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat has given in to the demands of white parents by promoting racism.

The MEC visited the school in Pretoria on Monday after Eyewitness News revealed that parents had signed a petition claiming white and black pupils were being separated into different classrooms.

Lesufi spoke to some of the pupils in English and Afrikaans classes.

Video: MEC visits 'racially segregated' Curro School.

He says the school split pupils because white parents threatened to remove their children.

"The majority of parents are predominantly white and they wanted to pull their children out of the school. The institution gave in to the pressure and I told them that it's racist."

The school denied the accusations and argued that it accommodates pupils based on culture but has since apologised for the remarks.

Curro has since vowed to ensure pupils are integrated.

However, Lesufi says this is a problem across the province.

"After this story broke my phone has been ringing off the hook."

The Afrikaans classes are predominately made up of white pupils, while black children are in the English classes.

Meanwhile, one teacher denied that any of the pupils were moved to different classes to suit the MEC's visit.

Furthermore, Lesufi said he had decided to launch an inquiry following many complaints of racism at private schools across Gauteng.

Parents with children at private schools will be able to make submissions to the inquiry.

The MEC announced plans to convene a summit where a transformation charter would be presented to principals and school governing bodies.