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Selborne College distances itself from controversial poster

The artwork is an image of the historic 1976 uprising photograph of Hector Pieterson in which his body is replaced with the school's blazer.

A screengrab of the controversial image used on a matric invitation by a Selborne College pupil. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Eastern Cape Education Department says Selborne College has distanced itself from a controversial image used on a matric invitation, which has been widely circulated on social media.

The artwork is an image of the historic 1976 uprising photograph of Hector Pieterson in which his body is replaced with the school's blazer.

In a statement released by the school governing body, the pupil responsible for its creation says the artwork is symbolic of the grief matrics feel when they are leaving school.

However, the department says the school wasn’t aware of the image’s existence until after the invitation was sent out.