ANC concerned by 'seeds of racial discord'

The ANC the recent racial incidents serve only to undermine SA’s democratic project and deepen racial conflict.

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JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has raised concerns over of what it calls the seeds of racial discord being sown in various parts of the country, especially at schools.

It says recent tensions over the appointment of a black principal at Klipspruit West Secondary School and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s controversial comments about Indian people are trampling on the values upon which the country's liberation struggle was founded.

The ANC says regardless of their origin, the recent racial incidents serve only to undermine the nation’s democratic project and deepen racial conflict.

In a statement, the party has called on the Gauteng government to intensify talks with unhappy communities who have made several demands, including that another principal be appointed at Klipspruit West Secondary School.

At the same time, South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has condemned the use of its name to justify what it calls the racist conduct at Klipspruit Secondary.

Sadtu’s provincial spokesperson Tseliso Ledimo said: “This institution or group cannot use our name to hide behind racism.”

The Gauteng Education Department says schooling continued on Wednesday with no disruptions, despite earlier threats of a go-slow at a number of schools in so-called coloured communities in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, a complaint of crimen injuria has been laid against Malema by the South African minority equality movement.

The move follows Malema's comments at the weekend in KwaZulu-Natal where he told his supporters that Indian people pay workers with food instead of money.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)