Kindergarten photo evokes Apartheid ghosts in South Africa

10 January, 2019, 18:17 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Black pupils allegedly segregated from white ones at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke North West 9 January 2019

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.

The BBC's Milton Nkosi in South Africa says Schweizer-Reneke is conservative rural town with a population of just under 50,000, surrounded by a farming community made up of mainly white Afrikaners.

He added: "We are suspending her [the teacher] because we want the investigation to be fair and free".

"The matter has been brought to the attention of the provincial Department of Education who dispatched a team to the school to investigate as to what exactly happened".

A shocking photograph of black and white primary school children sitting separately in a classroom has provoked widespread anger.

Race relations remain tense in South Africa 25 years after the end of white-minority apartheid rule, with fierce racism-related controversies erupting regularly on social media and in politics.

"They created a group parents and teachers group chat on WhatsApp previous year".


Meanwhile, the picture has since gone viral on social media.

When parents then complained to the school, according to TimesLive, they were sent a different picture after the children's break showing that they had been "moved to different seating spaces to ensure they were not separated according to race".

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.

School leaders have now launched a racism probe after the picture, taken by a class teacher, emerged.

'You can take your kids to the whitest schools in the country but so long as the black majority is poor, your kids will always be reminded that they are black and therefore inferior'.

"We are still very busy", he said. However, based on our understanding and the video you will see below, things have intensified outside the school, where protesters, dressed in political regalia, have picketed, chanting angrily and climbing the school's fence.

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