Calling the separation of white and black school children on a Curro Foundation School outing “racist” was itself racist and the abuse of innocent children, Afriforum Youth said on Thursday.
This was after a video by a father at the school appeared to show white and black school children at the school’s Roodeplaat campus being separated after a field trip, sparking the school’s second race controversy this year.
Gauteng Education MEC Education Panyaza Lesufi visited the school on Thursday and declared its actions “racist” and “disgusting”, adding it had affected his emotions.
“I don’t understand if there is a single person who can justify racism,” he said.
According to eNCA, school spokesperson Mari Lategan explained in a statement that on June 3, a group of Grade R children at the parallel-medium school went on an outing to Setshaba Safaris and were transported in two buses – a 65-seater and a 30-seater.
“Three English classes were transported in the 65-seater… Two Afrikaans classes were transported in the 30-seater.”
The school explained in a statement that the children were being separated into English and Afrikaans because the school is dual-medium, and has denied they were separated by the colour of their skin.
The controversy led Henk Maree, National Chairmperson of AfriForum Youth to declare that “Lesufi is infamous for fueling fabricated accusations of racism in an effort to undermine Afrikaans as medium of instruction”.
He continued: “To portray an Afrikaans class being transported as class group falsely as racial segregation, is beyond absurd… Lesufi deliberately excludes the fact that in the so-called ‘black bus’ there were also white English-speaking pupils.”
The uproar over the Curro incident was indicative of “double standards” on racism in the country.
“The racially-obsessed politicians keep quiet about the state’s obsession with race and racism practiced against whites, while an innocent school trip of a class group is falsely being elevated to a national race incident,” Maree said.
Afriforum lobbies for minority rights.
On May 14, an investigation confirmed complaints that the school segregated Grade R pupils according to race after being pressurised by white parents. The school promised to reform. News24