MEC Panyaza Lesufi nipping incidents of racism at schools in the bud

Gauteng MEC For Education Panyaza Lesufi talks to Bongani Bingwa about incidents of alleged racism at schools in the province.

At Klipspruit Secondary School it has been reported that pupils were locked out of the school on Monday because angry parents rejected the appointment of a black school principal. The community allegedly arguing that it is a coloured area and there is not enough coloured representation.

Then at Windsor House Academy in Kempton Park allegations were made that a group of black girls was expelled on Monday over their hairstyles.

MEC Lesufi visited the schools on Tuesday.

It is unfortunate, the Klipspruit one because the school governing body said they want that interview candidate and recommended to the department.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

Lesufi says following the SGB recommendation, the department simply did the verification and ensured the candidate was capable.

Upon appointment of the recommended candidate, the SGB came back to say they really feel a coloured person needs to be appointed. They had the opportunity to do so, they had the chance to do so, but unfortunately, they didn't.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

He says they have arranged to meet with the SGB tomorrow at 5 pm to receive an explanation, at 6 pm they will meet with community members involved and then at 7 pm they will meet with the parents of the learners at the school and find a way to solve the problem.

I will wait until then to understand why they are challenging their own decision.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

Would he reconsider the original appointment based on these grievances, asks Bongani?

I am reluctant to take that route. It will set the wrong precedent...I really believe in non-racialism, I believe in competency and I believe in somebody who has the capacity to deliver the goods.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

But he says he will listen to the community and decide on the best way forward.

With regards to Windsor Acadamy, Lesufi says he is deeply disappointed.

It pains me to get young girls crying that they have been discriminated against based on the colour of our skin...young girls that need to concentrate on their studies...and preliminary exams... they are told that their hairstyle is not appropriate.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

He says he convened an urgent meeting with the complainants, and another meeting with school management.

We've agreed this practice is completely unacceptable, it must be withdrawn immediately and learners must be allowed to go back to class, and the school must reformulate the school policy...so as to accommodate everyone.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

To quote the principal, they were expelled because their hair looked like they were on school holidays rather than on school premises.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

He says he had hoped private schools would have followed the directive after last year's Pretoria Girls High incident. But Windsor House is a private school and seems not to have done so.

He intends to monitor the private schools in this regard.

Human rights are human rights and they are not negotiable.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

He says overall the issues around hair have improved a great deal since the 2016 incident and says in the public education system things are on course.

Lesufi believes that there is a better understanding and commitment to non-racialism and non-sexism in the education environment.

Racism and sexism must not be allowed to exist, he says and needs to be nipped in the bud.

Listen to Panyaza Lesufi below:


This article first appeared on 702 : MEC Panyaza Lesufi nipping incidents of racism at schools in the bud


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
[WATCH Bongani Bingwa] Politicians personify low standards and are nonsensical

[WATCH Bongani Bingwa] Politicians personify low standards and are nonsensical

Breakfast show host Bongani Bingwa interrogates the issue of corruption by state officials and questions their competence.

[LISTEN] Neighbours from hell:  Callers share their stories

[LISTEN] Neighbours from hell: Callers share their stories

Tebogo says his neighbor is always borrowing a cup of sugar and other non-perishables.

'Encourage people to take precautions against listeriosis but they need water!'

'Encourage people to take precautions against listeriosis but they need water!'

702's Bongani Bingwa comments on the Cape Town water crisis, saying residents may be exposed to disease if it is not resolved.

[WATCH] Bongani Bingwa's poignant tribute to Bra Hugh

[WATCH] Bongani Bingwa's poignant tribute to Bra Hugh

Bongani reads Maya Angelou's poem about Michael Jackson, in a tribute to jazz musician Hugh Masekela.

[LISTEN] Accidentally shared a nude on a WhatsApp group? Here's what you can do

[LISTEN] Accidentally shared a nude on a WhatsApp group? Here's what you can do

A woman mistakenly shared a naked photo of herself on a parent Whatsapp group and now it's gone viral.

[WATCH] Gugu chats about the ANC dropping its campaign

[WATCH] Gugu chats about the ANC dropping its campaign

On the #AfternoonDrive, host Gugu Mhlungu chats about her feelings towards the ruling party

Popular articles
UK issues terror warning against SA after Brit couple abducted in KZN

UK issues terror warning against SA after Brit couple abducted in KZN

The British gov issued a travel advisory‚ warning of possible attacks when traveling to SA, after a UK couple was kidnapped.

Their way or the highway? 7 annoying habits many drivers are guilty of

Their way or the highway? 7 annoying habits many drivers are guilty of

Passengers often endure all sorts of irritations from drivers. Callers share their biggest gripes about folks behind the wheel.

[LISTEN] Gigaba deliberately misled the public - Zwelinzima Vavi

[LISTEN] Gigaba deliberately misled the public - Zwelinzima Vavi

Trade unions react to Malusi Gigaba's announcement of a one percentage point VAT increase for #Budget2018

Saps: Attackers spared 5 female cops in Ngcobo police shooting

Saps: Attackers spared 5 female cops in Ngcobo police shooting

E Cape Saps says they are investigating the murder of five police officers and one retired soldier at Ngcobo Police Station.

Missing Cape Town couple's vehicle found north of Durban

Missing Cape Town couple's vehicle found north of Durban

Hawks spokesperson says the couple has not yet been located and their names will not be released as yet.

How to make your first million

How to make your first million

Warren Ingram discusses his new book in which he shares practical ways for ordinary people to achieve financial freedom.