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[LISTEN] Parent horrified at alleged racism at NW school

11 January 2019
[LISTEN] Parent horrified at alleged racism at NW school

A South African primary teacher has been suspended after being accused of racially segregating black and white children.

After the mother and other parents complained to the school, they later received a second photo showing that the children had been "moved to different seating spaces to ensure they were not separated according to race", the Times Lives reports.

The pupils were attending their first day at the Schweizer-Reneke school in North West province when the teacher took a photograph to send to anxious parents.

"We didn't think that it would be such a racial issue in our school and what the MEC said is that if there are some of the schools which are still practising that, it will be rooted out as soon as possible". The photo has since gone viral on social media and South Africans were left fuming.

"When I got to the class before school in the morning, all the children's names were already written on the desks they were supposed to sit at".

The Afrikaaner children who are greater in number, are seated at a long table, in the center of the shot. White people will always see black people as inferior to them.

"This was meant to be an exciting day for me, but it's not", she said.

The TimesLIVE publication contacted the school's principal.

"What seems to have happened at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke is an absolute disgrace", wrote one of South Africa's prominent black academics, Professor Jonathan Jansen, on Twitter.

After meeting school staff and education department officials, Mr Lehare confirmed that the form teacher in question had been suspended.

The school is in the north west of South Africa and the regional education board has today launched an investigation.

"When a school outing occurs, what you see in the classroom is what you will see on the outing".

A group of parents of white pupils drove over the school fence with their vehicles and took away their children‚ saying they were rescuing them from angry protesters.

"The governing body does not condone any distinction based on race".

BBC also reported that demonstrators claimed black beachgoers were unfairly targeted, but the firm denies closing the beach and says it only acts to protect residents from crime. Any further updates will be published as they trickle in.