Today's Big Stories

Outcry over school dividing kids by race, ANC CPT drama, ANC on land ownership

Parents sign petition asking why children assigned to class by race:

EWN's Alex Eliseev on this story: EWN has learned that a group of almost 30 parents at a Pretoria private school have signed a petition about young children being assigned to classes based on race. The parents are demanding an explanation from the Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat and say it must act in accordance with the country’s Constitution. The school meanwhile denies any racial segregation and says it has worked out a formula to make sure that children starting from grade R don’t feel isolated and can make friends who share their culture. Curro Holdings’s André Pollard says that in some grades they have a very small number of white pupils who they try and keep together in one group. He says once they have 12 or more children, they divide them equally into classes: “It’s not because we would like to segregate the whites, it’s just because of friends. Children are able to make friends with children of their culture.”

City of CPT locks ANC out of council meeting:

EWN's Rahima Essop and Thomas Holder on this story: the City of Cape Town's first full council meeting of 2015 descended into chaos with ANC councillors being locked out, later trying several times to push their way into the venue. They were, however, stopped by officers, with doors slammed in their faces. The trouble started when the ruling party and Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors clashed over a contentious item on the agenda - the demolition of houses. Party members then started banging on their desks and a decision was taken to move to another venue. ANC councillors were then locked out of the second venue.

Watch the chaos as it unfolded here.

The ANC and land restrictions:

Midday Report Host, Stephen Grootes on this story: the ANC is looking to change the rules around land ownership, with Secretary General Gwede Mantashe saying that the party will not break the Constitution when it tries to implement plans to prevent foreigners from owning land and South Africans owning a prescribed amount of land. The ANC believes that there should be a ceiling on the amount of land any one person or company should be allowed to own. Mantashe says, “The lekgotla has resolved that there should be a ceiling on land ownership and that is a maximum of 12,000 hectares of land or two farms for all legal persons.” He says the proposal will have to be tested to see if it can pass Constitutional muster.

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