Newspaper clipping – iafrica.com news – 29th July 2010

“Racist school” probed

The North West Education Department on Wednesday said officials will be sent to a Klerksdorp high school following allegations of racism.

Cosatu members said a handful of black pupils at the Wesvalia Hoerskool were being subjected to verbal racist abuse after one of them was allegedly accused of stealing from a white teacher. The student was allegedly strip-searched and assaulted before being taken to hospital for trauma treatment. The union said the same learner is being accused of stealing again, while other black students in some schools there have often been called the “k-word”.

The department said its regional offices were only informed of such an incident at the Afrikaans-medium school this week. It said a team of education officials will be deployed to the school in question and will take action if any of the same allegations turn out to be true.

By Imraan Karolia