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SAHRC to prioritise minor's privacy if it pursues racism incident at KZN school

The SA Human Rights Commissions Gushwell Brooks says that if the matter is pursued, the privacy of the minor will be prioritised.

FILE: The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) logo. Picture: www.sahrc.org.za

DURBAN – The South African Human Rights Commission says its KwaZulu-Natal office is probing whether to pursue a racist incident at a Pietermaritzburg Girls High School.

This week, a voice note of a white pupil using the “K” word to swear at her black peers emerged on social media.

It’s believed the learner had been upset at the mispronunciation of her name.

The SA Human Rights Commissions Gushwell Brooks says if the matter is pursued, the privacy of the minor will be prioritised.

"And we also take a conciliatory approach because the thinking and understanding is that you’ve a young person who’s still yet to be molded by society and it’s for the SA Human Right Commission as well as other institutional bodies and society at large to mold young people."

Meanwhile, the KZN Education Department the pupil has been suspended pending the outcome of its investigation.

It says it will also be making an arrangement for the learner to catch up on lost academic time and exams.