Mother of toddler excluded at Centurion school, speaks out

Koetjes en Kalfjes Heritage Hill Campus school has come under fire for alleged racism after a mother of the child posted a picture which raised suspicion.

The picture shows the black toddler sitting separately from a group of her white counterparts, while the other group of children can be seen enjoying each others company.

Gauteng education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, visited the school with a social worker on Thursday on a fact-finding mission.

702's John Robbie spoke to the mother of the child, Thobo, about the incident.

Listen to the conversation below:

The look on my daughter's face is what shook me. I found it quite perturbing. The first thing I asked is why is my child segregated from the group?

Thobo, mother of the child

The Centurion school claims the matter is a 'huge misunderstanding'. The mother has already taken the child out of the school.

She's just an innocent 19-month old... I'm not going to stand for my child being ostracised and segregated.

Thobo, mother of the child

The mother said that her child's severe nappy rash over recent weeks raises suspicion of possible neglect by the caretakers.

As a mother, I've been feeling guilty of having overlooked the signs. I don't want any other family to go through what my child went through.

Thobo, mother of the child

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