MEC: Curro School has crossed the line
The MEC says the school ignored the recommendations of a previous investigation into racial segregation.
PRETORIA - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says Curro School has crossed the line with its latest racial segregation scandal.
On a visit to the institution's campus on Wednesday, Lesufi said the Roodeplaat School ignored the recommendations of a previous investigation into racism in its classrooms and must now deal with the consequences.
In May, Lesufi revealed that an investigation sparked by Eyewitness News reports had found racism at the school and that the institution's operating licence was being reviewed.
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.
The school has denied the latest allegations explaining that children were driven to the field trip in two different buses because the Afrikaans classes are comprised mostly of white pupils, while black pupils make up the bulk of the English group.
But Lesufi has refused the explanation, calling it disgusting.
"I'm the MEC for education. I'm not an MEC for private or public education. I'm an MEC for education and anything that doesn't advance the Constitution of this country, unfortunately it will land on my table and I don't postpone problems, I deal with problems." WATCH: School children being separated by their teachers upon their arrival for their school camp trip.
WATCH: School children being separated by their teachers upon their arrival for their school camp trip.
Lesufi said he has 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 said he is 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."
"The day we allow Tswanas to only play with Tswanas and Xhosas to only play with Xhosas, that will be a sad day for this country. The day we tolerate that we should separate learners on the basis of their own language. These are six-year-olds. They must play together."
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In a statement the school has denied this, calling it a ' false conclusion'.
MIXED REACTION FROM PARENTS
There has been mixed reaction from parents with some accusing others of sabotaging the school and its reputation.
"Whoever is sending these stuff to the media obviously has a racial issue himself." one parent said.
Another parent said she's concerned children know nothing about racism.
"I'm concerned because kids they don't anything about and it doesn't portray the truth as our school is very integrated."