Published: Thu, January 10, 2019

'Segregated' classroom photo sparks race row in South Africa

'Segregated' classroom photo sparks race row in South Africa

TimesLIVE reported a mother, who chose to remain anonymous to protect the identity of her child, was fuming after an image was shared on Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke's WhatsApp group.

North West education and sport development MEC Sello Lehari met with school officials at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke on Thursday morning to discuss a photo that went viral on social media.

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.

Spokesperson for the NFP Sabelo Sigudu said: 'These private schools tendencies of segregating learners based on the colour of skin is against the principles of the democratic South Africa we live in today'.

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

The school in the North West province has been under the spotlight since an image of their Grade R classroom sparked controversy and worldwide outcry.

The school also says that it will make sure that the necessary resources are available and that staff members have access to information and training.

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.

Activist and ANC campaign manager, Mcebo Dlamini, wrote on Facebook: 'What is most provoking about this image is not that black kids are ostracised from white kids, that is common in our supposedly post-apartheid Africa.

"If there is racism in any of our schools, that should be attended to as quickly as possible".

"We want the principal of the school to account".

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters in the province has been protesting at the school.

"We are not going to be held back by anything in our fight against racism", Mosenogi said.

"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".

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