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Curro School will ‘carefully consider’ findings of racism report

In a statement released a short while ago, Curro said it welcomed the final report of the investigation.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visits the Curro Private School in Roodeplaat. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Curro Holdings says it will now "carefully consider" the findings of a report revealed today by Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

Following a series of Eyewitness News reports in January, Lesufi commissioned an investigation into the Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat.

A group of around 30 parents there had complained that children were being divided into classrooms, based on skin colour.

The school justified the segregation on the basis of keeping children of the same language and culture together.

Today, Lesufi confirmed the children at the school were racially segregated.

"After receiving the findings, I then handed over to Curro to comment on the findings. I got a report back that they believe the report is fair and they don't want to comment further. The findings were indeed damning, that there was indeed segregation at that school."

In a statement released a short while ago, Curro said it welcomed this report and would consider any recommendations it makes.

It said it remains committed to a colour-blind education system.

Lesufi says an apology and the re-allocation of children previously segregated will not be enough for the Curro School to keep its license.

He said he wants to see documented proof that the school has a complete non-racial system.

He says while the school has recognised that racial segregation is wrong, he will meet with Curro management before taking a final decision.

"I will meet with Curro management in the near future so that we can close this chapter. If I cannot be provided with information that will convince me that non-racialism will be promoted in this school, I reserve all my rights concerning their operating license"

He has also recommended that school management and its teachers undergo unspecified training.

The MEC also said he would be setting up an independent committee of inquiry to investigate possible racism at all schools across the country, due to begin by the end of June.

"I want to send a strong message to anyone who believes they can cover up racism, wherever you are, we will uncover you."

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