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Protest at PIC over Curro funding

Curro Foundation School in Pretoria was accused of separating pupils based on race.

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

JOHANNESBURG - A picket was held outside the offices of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) in Pretoria in response to the scandal around racism at private schools.

The demonstration was organised by activists from Equal Education.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi reacted to a series of Eyewitness News stories and said he would launch a summit aimed at transforming private schools.

Curro Foundation School was accused of separating pupils based on race.

Equal Education's Doron Isaacs says they want the PIC to stop investing in Curro Holdings.

"This chain has carried out racial and economic segregation through its stratified organisation of its schools."

Isaacs says their memorandum calls on the PIC to respond within 30 days.

Curro Foundation School denied any racism, saying the separation was due to its language preferences.

The Pretoria school later went on to apologise, vowing to change its policies.

Following a visit to the school in question, Lesufi said he would launch an inquiry to assess the extent of the problem following many complaints of racism at private schools in the province.

He argued these schools needed to be regulated to protect the rights of all pupils, regardless of race.