A photo showing a small group of black children sitting at a separate table away from white children at the school went viral on social media.
The North West education department has launched an investigation into alleged racism at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke, departmental spokesperson Freddy Sepeng said today.
“We are not sure whether is fake or real. If it is real we are condemning it. We say not during this era. We cannot really accept it. Tomorrow [Thursday] the [member of the executive council] MEC [Sello Lehari] will visit the school at nine o’ clock,” Sepeng said.
A photo showing a small group of black children sitting at a separate table away from white children at the school went viral on social media and raised the ire of political parties.
In a statement today, the National Freedom Party (NFP) called for the shutdown of the school, saying it strongly condemned the racist segregation of learners.
“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,” said Sabelo Sigudu, the spokesperson for the NFP.
NFP blamed the government, which it said neglected public and rural schools.
“As a result, blacks including coloured and Indian people have no option but to take their children to such racist private schools for better education,” said Sigudu.
The party said the deterioration in public schools was “directly leading the country to the apartheid era”.
“The barbaric conduct displayed by private schools of racial segregating children is equally the same as giving innocent children experience of an apartheid system,” said the NFP, which urged the [African National Congress] ANC-led government to ensure that it improves the conditions and quality of education at public schools.
The party also urged witnesses to expose all incidents of “racist private schools” so that they can be shut down.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) also condemned the incident.
“The DA strongly condemns the alleged separation of black and white learners in a Grade R classroom at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in North West. It is outrageous that a classroom in 2019 can be racially segregated, which only serves to teach young children from day one to see each other as different and separate. This is unconscionable,” said Luyolo Mphithi, Federal DA Youth Leader.
“It is for this reason, I will travel to Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke tomorrow [ Thursday] to demand answers as to how young learners were allegedly exposed to this situation. We hope that the school staff is ready and willing to address this issue immediately and to make a commitment to change outdated attitudes toward integration.”
NUDE PROTEST!!! Gugu Ncube to appear in court on Thursday
Gugu Ncube is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate Court on Thursday, after staging a nude protest at Unisa on Wednesday.
Ncube said she was protesting naked because “nudity is a sign of my dignity that l have been stripped of”.
This refers to allegations that she was “unlawfully manhandled” at Unisa for reporting her boss to the university. She alleged that her boss was asking for sexual favours in exchange for her job.
Ncube donned black underwear and a red top, holding a placard in front of her, when she was arrested.
Unisa said the matter was between her and Unisa Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE), an external company that was previously sponsored by Unisa.
The university further said it followed due processes regarding Ncube’s sexual harassment complaint in 2018, and suspended its staff members who were accused of the crime. The accused were board members at UCECE at the time.
(Compiled by Nica Schreuder)
Outage hits Facebook and Instagram users worldwide
Facebook and Instagram users lost access to the social network’s applications in parts of the world Wednesday as a result of an outage of undetermined origin.
The California giant which has more than two billion users acknowledged the outage after users noted on Twitter they could not access Facebook or had limited functionality.
“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” a Facebook statement said on Twitter.
A short time later, Facebook indicated the outage was not related to an attack aimed at overwhelming the network.
“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack,” Facebook said, referring to what is known as a distributed denial of service cyber strike.
According to the website downdetector.com, outages were heaviest in North America and Europe, but some users appeared to be affected in other regions.
Last November, a Facebook outage was attributed to a server problem and a September 2018 outage was said to be the result of “networking issues.”
“It could have been my own child back home’!!! ‘Alex Hero’ Vincent Cosa speaks
Vincent Cosa not only risked his life rescuing a boy stuck halfway on a pipe over the furious Jukskei River in Alexandra township in Johannesburg, but he later stood up for him when his parents wanted to give him a hiding.
Cosa believes it was an “honest mistake” by the young boy, who found himself there because he usually saw children playing in the area.
“I see children play there all the time and when I saw him there, I could not fold my hands and watch from the sidelines. I told myself if he dies I will die with him,” he said.
“He was sitting there crying in fear…I looked at him and thought of my own children…It could have been my own child.”
He could be seen in the video using his hands to move over a bulk pipe towards the stranded child.
When he reached him, he convinced the child to get on his back, before carrying him to safety the same way over the pipe, amid cheers and encouragement from onlookers on a nearby bridge.
Cosa not only brought the young boy safely to the riverbank, but went on to talk his parents out of punishing the child, someone he never knew previously, but risked his own life for.
Cosa said the boy’s parents “did not say much, but they wanted to punish him” and he stood against it.
“I believe his was an honest mistake… and he probably got stuck there as the flash flood came.”
When asked what pushed him to take a risk to save the boy, Cosa said he “just had to”.
His hope is that the young boy remembers “that I saved his life”, adding the child “could be a nurse or president tomorrow”.
This man needs a medal for bravery: he rescued a child in Alexandra JHB (Jukskei River). WATCH pic.twitter.com/kxSebpZoj9
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) March 9, 2019