Premier to investigate ‘racist’ seating at NW school

Images on social media show black and white pupils seated at separate tables, allegedly at a primary school in Schweizer Reneke.

An image circulating on social media which shows black and white children seated at separate tables at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.

JOHANNESBURG - A race row is erupting in the North West province over viral images showing black and white pupils being seated at separate tables, allegedly at a primary school in that province.

North West premier TJ Mokgoro says he's shocked by the images circulating on social media and a team has been dispatched to Laerskool Schweizer Reneke to investigate.

The North West government says it condemns any form of racism in the strongest possible terms - and deeply regrets what it calls the “unfortunate incident”.

The premier’s office says it’s trying to verify the authenticity of the image.

“We are awaiting the results of a preliminary investigation. We might get it as early as tonight or tomorrow because we have dispatched an advance team,” says spokesperson Vuyisile Ngesi.

Eyewitness News has posed several questions about the images to the school’s governing body - but is yet to receive a response.