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Gauteng MEC Lesufi wants racist teacher fired

The educator was found to have victimised pupils based on their race following a hearing which started in February.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesuf. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is due to meet with management at St John's College on Friday morning to urge them to reverse a decision to allowing a teacher found guilty of racism to continue teaching.

The educator was found to have victimised pupils based on their race following a hearing which started in February.

The geography teacher has been issued with a final written warning and has stepped down from senior positions he held at the institution. He has also received a pay cut.

The school says it hopes that keeping him on board will start a process of reconciliation.

Lesufi says he's meeting with the school's management to emphasize that nothing below expulsion will be acceptable.

"And also that they need to file with the South African Council of Educators so that that teacher must not be allowed to be a teacher again within any school in our country."

The MEC says he's disappointed with how the school handled this case.

"I really believe that this school is going to bed with racists and that school is not taking this very seriously."

It's understood that in one of the incidents, the geography teacher told black boys that they were doing well academically only because they sat next to white boys.

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