Protest at Sans Souci over alleged discriminatory & racist policies

The girls say they are fed up with the school's code of conduct, specifically rules about hair & language.

Learners at Sans Souci Girls High. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Learners at Sans Souci Girls High are protesting against what they claim are discriminatory and racist policies at the school.

The girls say they are fed up with the school's code of conduct, specifically rules about hair and language.



The learners have gathered near one of the entrances to the school along Newlands Main Road.

All the gates to the school have been locked for "security reasons", according to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).

The protesting girls say they are unhappy with the school's policies.



"If they have big Afros they tell them to cut it off. They are not allowed to speak their mother tongue. We can't even play, run around or be free. They don't want us to play games we use to play growing up, games that unite us," said one learner.

The learners say they have been inspired by a recent protest at Pretoria High School for Girls.



The WCED has called on all schools to review their codes of conduct.



Some parents of protesting learners are supporting demonstrations against school policies.

Police officers are stationed at the locked school gates where parents have told Eyewitness News they support their children.



"Be focused on what you want and do it in a decent manner. They have very good concerns and I stand with them."

Another parent added, "This has been an underlying problem."

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