Photo of black, white students segregated in South African classroom draws fire

South Africa teacher suspended over class 'split by race'

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The province's MEC for education, Sello Lehari, has since suspended the Grade R teacher and stated that the principal will learn of his fate on Monday, 14 January.

In a statement on Wednesday, the National Freedom Party (NFP) called for the shutdown of the school saying it strongly condemned the racist segregation of learners.

On the other side of the school, parents of white children broke a fence and removed their children, with some of the adults armed with firearms.

He said the school's explanation was that black children were separated because they were new at the school and could not speak Afrikaans or English.

"I will send a team to do an investigation into all schools.to deal with issues of racism in totality", Lehari said. Whilst my office is 20mins away I sped to collect my child at an instance and remove her from the school immediately.

Since posting the image on her Facebook wall, it has gone viral and garnered global attention.

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Apparently to reassure parents that all was going well, the class teacher reportedly shared a photograph of the children to the school's private WhatsApp group.

The school, in response to this, stated that the image was taken out of context.

This time of year is supposed to be joyous as a lot of kids start their school careers while others return to a higher grade.

The GDE, led by Lesufi, concluded that what they had witnessed on the video, showing white children being separated from their black classmates as they hopped off the bus, was a common occurrence in classrooms.

"All I saw was messages from the white parents saying "dankie, dankie" ['thank you, thank you' on the WhatsApp group] but no one was saying anything about the separation of the learners", said the fuming mother.

The school hasn't responded to requests for comment.

"We are not sure whether is fake or real, if it's real we are condemning it, we say not during this era, we can not really accept it".

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