Lesufi: I'm disgusted by Curro segregation

Panyaza Lesufi says a video of school children being segregated by race can’t be justified.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi outside the Curro Roodeplaat school on 18 June 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he's furious and deeply disgusted following a video which purports to show children from Curro Roodeplaat Primary divided into groups based on the colour of their skin.

It's the latest scandal to hit the Pretoria school just months after a series of Eyewitness News reports about racial segregation in its classrooms that led to an investigation by the Gauteng Education Department.

Curro Roodeplaat has denied the latest allegations but the MEC says he rejects any explanation of racism from the school.

Lesufi says he's now prepared a letter to Curro management and will consult both the school's investors and the national ministry on its contents before it is made public.

He says he's furious after watching the video which has now gone viral.

"I must emphasise I'm disgusted at the justification that I'm receiving. It has indeed affected my emotions," says Lesufi.

"The day we allow Tswanas to only play with Tswanas and Xhosas only play with Xhosas, that will be a sad day for this country. The day we tolerate that we should we separate learners on the basis of their own language. These are six year olds. They can play together," says Lesufi.

The video shows teachers helping young children climb off a bus after arriving at a safari outing early this month.

It then shows how white children are led in one direction, while black pupils seem to be led in another.

In a statement the school has denied this, calling it a 'false conclusion'.