"Internalised racial identities can be destructive and problematic"

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi will be meeting with parents and teachers of Klipspruit West Secondary School later on Wednesday. This follows protests over the recent appointment of a black principal at the school.

The parents are angry saying the process of appointing the principal was flawed with the community allegedly arguing that it is a coloured area and there is not enough coloured representation.

Lesufi has condemned the disruptions of schooling there.

A researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Masana Ndinga-Kanga, says it looks like South Africa's racial identity issues have been escalating over the past few months.

Ndinga-Kanga says the spatial plannings of the apartheid regime will not be automatically undone.

She says the geospatial lines of apartheid are increasingly making it difficult for addressing the reconciliation agenda.

Read: MEC Panyaza Lesufi nipping incidents of racism at schools in the bud

Typically people would assume that black schools in the township would be worse off than former model C schools or white schools...This is the function of how apartheid systematically organised society.

Masana Ndinga-Kanga, Researcher at Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

People perceive themselves in certain ways, internalised racial identities, that can be destructive and problematic.

Masana Ndinga-Kanga, Researcher at Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

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