MEC promises decisive action following alleged racism at Centurion pre-school

Panyaza Lesufi visited the Koeitjies En Kalfies pre-school following what appeared to be a racial incident.

A picture showing what appears to be a little black girl being segregated from the rest of the class has gone viral viral. Picture: Mosinyi Wanatsha Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says there's a trend in private schools where past South African laws are still being upheld, simply because the institutions have the financial muscle to set their own rules and regulations.

Lesufi visited the Koeitjies En Kalfies pre-school yesterday following what appeared to be a racial incident.

A picture showing what appears to be a little black girl being segregated from the rest of the class at the Centurion school has gone viral.

Lesufi says district officials are attending to the matter, to ensure that decisive action is taken.

He says they are going through any legal loopholes to see how best to act against the school.

"I must be honest, I was disgusted. I visited all the classrooms and to find one race in all the classrooms under the pretense that the school is only offering Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, and therefore other learners are not comfortable to learn at that school, I find it as a lame excuse."

Lesufi says he doesn't buy the explanation offered by the principal that there were eight children in the class yesterday and that at the time the photo was taken, another little girl started crying and was picked up, leaving only the little black girl at the table.

The MEC says he says he doesn't buy this.

"I don't believe there's an excuse and we need to act decisively."

Some say the photograph doesn't tell the full story, while the school hasn't yet responded.