Klipspruit West school parents lambast Lesufi for late response

Pupils have been unable to go to school this week due to a protest over the appointment of a black principal.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Twitter/@EducationGP.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi will be meeting with the Klipspruit West residents to discuss a racial storm at a local secondary school but angry parents say he's left it too late.

Pupils have been unable to go to school this week due to a protest over the appointment of a black principal.

They claim the process was flawed and are now calling for new educators.

Angry parents of pupils at Klipspruit West Secondary School have lashed out at Lesufi saying he's responding to them when the situation is already out of hand.

“Now because we are standing up and saying ‘we don’t a black principal’ now it’s a problem. Where were you when my child cried out ‘I want to be taught, I want to go to school’ where was he?”

They claim their children are being victimised by black teachers and are worried the situation will get worse under black principal.

“Like I said, we’re not racist, but I mean this is the only place we feel we get recognition in our own areas.”

The school's governing body says one of the criteria's listed for a headmaster was that the principal should be Afrikaans speaking as the school is a predominantly coloured school.

Lesufi is due to hold a meeting with the community on Wednesday evening.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)