"They are told that their hair looks like a bird's nest" - MEC Lesufi

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has described serious tensions at Pretoria Girls' High School.

Lesufi received a petition from Pretoria Girls' High learners which raises allegations of systematic racism and intimidation at the school.

Lesufi visited the school this morning to meet with some learners.

They argue when there are more than three (black) girls in a meeting, the teachers come and dismantle this meeting

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

Speaking to Xolani Gwala, Lesufi says that the pupils wrote to him arguing that they are unhappy about the school's hair and language rules.

He also says that the pupils face continuous scrutiny from teachers and fellow learners about their hair, and when they are meeting together as black learners to discuss academics.

They feel they are treated more like criminals than learners

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

They believe the policy is really insensitive to their natural hair. They are told to straighten their hair and that their hair looks like bird's nest

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

There are other teachers and learners who carry a comb. When they see a black learner they would throw the comb at the learner and say go to the bathroom to comb your hair

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

They argue every time they speak their mother tongue, they are told they are making funny noises and are told to speak English. When learners speak Afrikaans, they are ignorant on that part

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM
Read More
#Strideforgood pledges for an abuse-free society

#Strideforgood pledges for an abuse-free society

Johnnie Walker and civic groups gathered at the Nelson Mandela Bridge to call for an end to abuse against women and children

Striding Men Rally makes strides for no violence against women and children

Striding Men Rally makes strides for no violence against women and children

On Saturday, Johnnie Walker Striding Men and several city society formations will march on Nelson Mandela bridge, in support of an abuse-free society.

Driving investment and creating jobs through InvestSA's One Stop Shops

Driving investment and creating jobs through InvestSA's One Stop Shops

InvestSA has launched its latest One Stop Shop in KwaZulu Natal, bringing hope for more investment and services being available to citizens.

Understanding the importance of living within your means

Understanding the importance of living within your means

In this week's #BeFinanciallySmart feature, FNB's Eunice Sibiya discusses the importance of living within your means.

How you can #BeFinanciallySmart and save for those big days!

How you can #BeFinanciallySmart and save for those big days!

FNB's Eunice Sibiya discusses how you can save for important annual events.

'Haiti is the missing piece in the AU'

'Haiti is the missing piece in the AU'

Ambassador of Haiti to South Africa Jacques Baril describes Haiti's historic relationship with the African continent.

Popular articles
I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

Stephen Grootes says he believes former Eskom CEO Brian Dames when said he was not formally introduced to the Gupta family.

Minister Zwane confirms trips to Dubai and Switzerland

Minister Zwane confirms trips to Dubai and Switzerland

EWN parliamentary correspondent Gaye Davis says Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane received detailed and tough questions.

Zweli Mkhize 'taken by surprise' with latest cabinet reshuffle

Zweli Mkhize 'taken by surprise' with latest cabinet reshuffle

The ANC treasurer-general confirmed Mantashe’s comments that the President did not consult the ANC leadership on the reshuffle.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

How to make your first million

How to make your first million

Warren Ingram discusses his new book in which he shares practical ways for ordinary people to achieve financial freedom.

'Collect experiences, NOT possessions!' - Paul Theron (Vestact MD)

'Collect experiences, NOT possessions!' - Paul Theron (Vestact MD)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the razor-sharp tongued Vestact MD Paul Theron about his money hopes, fears, successes, failures, etc.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Meet Errol Musk - father of Elon, the most innovative entrepreneur of our age

Meet Errol Musk - father of Elon, the most innovative entrepreneur of our age

Elon Musk, as you’d expect, hails from an exceptional family. Bruce Whitfield interviews his Capetonian father.