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Parents who reported Curro school pleased with probe outcome

The school gave in to pressure from white parents who didn't want their children to mix with black pupils

Curro Private School in Roodeplaat. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - One of the parents who first accused the Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat of racism says she feels vindicated following the findings of a government investigation.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Thursday released the findings of that investigation, saying it found the school gave in to pressure from white parents who didn't want their children to mix with black pupils.

"Anyone who believes they can cover racism behind a broomstick, wherever you are, we will uncover you."

Lesufi's investigation was sparked by a series of Eyewitness News reports.

One mother pulled her daughter out of the school, but says she's pleased their complaints have been fully investigated.

"It was very difficult in the beginning. Many black parents were very fearful. They thought they could be victimised."

The Gauteng Education MEC says he's reviewing the school's license to operate, and a public inquiry will be held into racism at public and private schools across the province.

In its response, Curro Holdings says it will study the report carefully, and maintains its classes are fully integrated.

Meanwhile, Equal Education has welcomed the decision to review the school's license, describing the report's findings as reasonable.

Equal Education's Doron Isaacs says, "There have been very serious incidents reported in a range of schools, and this is not something that is healthy for young children to be exposed to. This is not something that we can accept or tolerate in South Africa 21 years into democracy."