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SAHRC to decide on school racism probe

The commission says its work would cover both state-run and private schools.

FILE: The South African Human Rights Commission says it’s received complaints from across the country. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission says it will decide by the end of next month whether to carry out a comprehensive, nationwide investigation into racism at schools.

The commission says it has received complaints from across the country, and while most are about private institutions, its work would also cover state-run schools.

Following a series of Eyewitness News stories, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has announced a summit to explore the same issue which will produce a new charter on transformation.

The commission's Kayum Ahmed says if they decide to pursue a full investigation, this would include a lot of research, travel and public hearings across the country.

"What we are considering is a more systemic type investigation that looks at the education sector, or more broadly those in private and public schooling sector, to assess the situation of racism in schools across the country."

The investigation would begin in April and be similar to the work the commission did on the water situation in South Africa.

Ahmed says the commission continues to monitor the situation at the Curro School in Roodeplaat, which found itself at the centre of a scandal around racial segregation.