Principals, teacher suspended after racism claims

Johannesburg - Two principals and a teacher in three Free State schools have been suspended amid allegations of racism, the provincial education department said on Monday.

"They were suspended on Friday," said department spokesperson Howard Ndaba.

"Following the report by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), we are doing our own internal investigation, which starts today [Monday]. Within 30 days we hope to finish."

The SAHRC had investigated Francois Schoon, principal of the Dr Viljoen Combined School in Bloemfontein, Charles Liversage, principal of Christian De Wet Hoërskool in Dewetsdorp, and Trudy Erasmus, a Life Orientation teacher at St Helena Primary school in Welkom.

The commission released a report on the Dr Viljoen Combined School last week, finding it guilty of hate speech towards black and coloured pupils.

It found that pupils at the school were exposed to dehumanising and racist treatment from staff, including the principal, in May 2013.

Pupils alleged staff called them racist, derogatory, and belittling names, such as "kaffirs, baboons, monkeys, and little black bitches".

They further alleged that one of the teachers told them that "after seeing their ugly faces, he adores his dog even more because it is more beautiful than them".

Pupils claimed teachers told them to go back to black schools in townships as they would never succeed in life and would end up like their parents who worked in chain stores.

The principal of Christian De Wet Hoërskool had been accused of ill-treating black pupils and the alleged assault of a Grade One boy.

At St Helena Primary, the Life Orientation teacher allegedly put up a racist display.

In a Grade Seven classroom, the old South African flag was reportedly on display, along with a picture of Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema next to a monkey.

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David Van Schalkwyk 2014-08-04 11:51:55 AM
OMG here we go again... Ok everyone on 3-2-1 be go racist comments...
Anton Schmahl 2014-08-04 11:52:49 AM
Agree with the outcome. Don't need them especially as teachers. Shame on them
Tebogo Lekala 2014-08-04 11:56:05 AM
Only in the FS
Tshaga Tetelo 2014-08-04 11:59:52 AM
Racism in south africa is far frm being eradicated especially based on response frm the N24 commentators
Itumeleng Seane 2014-08-04 12:00:10 PM
what saddens me is that this behavior is displayed teachers, people who ate responsible for moulding young minds will this vicious circle that saws divisions ever end?
Musa N Thabethe 2014-08-04 12:02:18 PM
There are people who want to destroy our country, we need not teachers like them
Argie Kgomo 2014-08-04 12:03:08 PM
Scrap them all of the roll to join their ever increasing their relatives on streets,
Tatenda Patience Mlambo-Mahleko 2014-08-04 12:03:33 PM
Cant believe such people exist!!!!
Khaya Tunechi Ngwenya 2014-08-04 12:03:49 PM
Ive always said that the Free State is the capital of racism, thats where most of the original hardcore boers originate from.
Dylon Damian 2014-08-04 12:04:20 PM
People must understand that these are "allegations" meaning it's not necessarily fact.