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Minister to be briefed on school segregation

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga returned from an overseas trip on Tuesday.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will be briefed about allegations of racial segregation at schools as soon as possible, her department confirmed on Wednesday.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi launched an inquiry into racism at private schools across the province following an Eyewitness News report.

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The Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat, Pretoria, apologised for the way it split up pupils, initially claiming this was to protect minority groups and their cultures.

Motshekga returned from an overseas trip on Tuesday and went straight into the Cabinet lekgotla.

The minister's spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said she'd be briefed on the matter soon.

"We will ensure that the minister also considers this matter seriously."

Mhlanga said racism at schools was absolutely unacceptable.

"We used to live in a country where there were toilets for whites only. In 1994 the dawn of democracy did away with all of that so we cannot accept a situation where a school arranges the sitting of learners by race."

Both Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau condemned any racial segregation at schools.

Video: MEC visits 'racially segregated' Curro School.

Lesufi said the school split pupils because white parents threatened to remove their children.

Curro vowed to ensure pupils were integrated going forward.

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