KZN Education Dept to probe racism claims at Maritzburg College

The image of three pupils holding EFF branded T-shirts caused a stir on social media with some calling for action to be taken against them.

Three Maritzburg College pupils holding EFF-branded T-shirts on the school premises. Picture: @tumisole/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department says its planning to investigate allegations of racism at Maritzburg College after an image of three pupils holding Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) branded T-shirts at the school went viral on Friday.

The image caused a stir on social media with some calling for the school to take steps against the three.

The department says the college has been plagued by allegations of racism; the most recent one involving a deputy head boy allegedly calling another pupil the ‘K’ word.

The department’s Kwezi Mthethwa says the three pupils may have been provoked by racism at the school.

“Who knows, maybe these learners were provoked by issues at the school. We are going to investigate the matter.”

Following the surfacing of unconfirmed documents purported to be of Maritzburg College's plans to take disciplinary steps against the three pupils, Mthethwa says they’ll be taking over the process.

He says the school has no right to make decisions of this magnitude and make public announcements.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)