Racism Protest At Mpumalanga School Turns Violent

Protest action as a result of accusations of racism at Witbank Technical School turned into a violent brawl between black and white parents in Mpumalanga on Monday morning.



What initially started as protest action following accusations of racism between two pupils black and white, who fought at Witbank Technical School, quickly turned into a violent clash between black and white parents.

According to reports by Newsroom Afrika, A fight broke out between a black and a white student last week, after which the provincial education department intervened by visiting the school.

However, it is said that did not do enough to address the accusations of racial abuse that some of the students claim to be routinely subjected to at the schools.  

Furthermore, some of the black protesters who participated went on to say that the black student who fought was consequently suspended by the school while his white counterpart was allowed to write his exams.

What we are complaining about is that most of the black students at the school have been treated unfairly by the Afrikaans teachers. What happened as well is that one of the white students called a black kid a [racial slur] and then a fight happened amongst the students.

"So two black students were suspended, but the one called the other student a [racial slur], he's inside writing an exam. And the other issue is that two children who were suspended, their parents were not informed by the case in the school. So they were never given the opportunity to come and defend their children in the school," she added.

Deputy Minister of Basic Reginah Mhaule has since responded by subtweeting the circulating video clip in a tweet that says, "We are also monitoring the situation".




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