Pretoria High School for Girls has been thrust into the limelight after black scholars protested against being told to straighten their hair and not to gather in groups.
South Africans took to twitter under the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh hashtag, expressing their outrage regarding the matter.
Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula weighed in on the matter on Twitter.
My daughter has an Afro. It's the only way she wears her hair. Would she not be allowed at PTA girls?— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) August 29, 2016
Young girls in PTA Schools and elsewhere in the country must wear their hair how they like - end racism on blackness.— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) August 29, 2016
Rule 6.4 of the school's code of conduct regarding general appearance states the following:
- All hair must be brushed. If hair is long enough to be tied back, it should be tied back neatly in a ponytail with a navy blue elastic
- No dyeing, bleaching, highlighting, colouring, colour rinsing, relaxing of hair causing a change in hair colour or shaving of hair in any way allowed
- Cornrows, natural dreadlocks, and singles/braids are allowed, provided they are a maximum of 10mm in diameter.
- Singles/braids must be same length and be the natural colour of the girls' hair. Cornrows must run parallel from each other from the forehead to the nape of the neck.
- All hairstyles should be conservative, neat and keeping with the school uniform. No eccentric/fashion styles will be allowed.
Gauteng education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, visited the school on Monday morning to discuss the matter with management. Scholars have continued to protest outside the school premises, singing struggle songs.