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‘Investigation into racism claims at Sans Souci school almost completed’

Learners claimed they had been subjected to racism and discrimination by some teachers and the principal.

FILE: Sans Souci Girls High teacher Sarah Evans has pledged her support for learners protesting against the school’s language and hair policy. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer says an investigation into allegations of racism and discrimination at Sans Souci Girls High School is nearly completed.

MEC Schafer asked the school governing body to implement a new code of conduct by the end of this month following protests by former and current learners over the school's policies.

Learners claimed they had been subjected to racism and discrimination by some teachers and principal Charmaine Murray.

Schafer says Murray has still not returned to the school after being offered a temporary position at the department's district office while the investigation is underway.

"Our chief director has been there with a number of other officials, they've assisting the school and the governing body and I understand that progress is being made regarding changing the code of conduct."

Moyra Makina, who matriculated from the school in 1997, was part of the movement "Truth We Will Proclaim" that spearheaded the protests at the school.

Makina says some interview sessions conducted by department officials have not been inclusive of all parents and learners.

"My first concern was around the timing of those hearings, they happened during the day when parents are at work. Our second concern was around the location, which was not at the school and a lot of parents can't get there during the day. So why not allow for evenings sessions - maybe not every day, but on some days."