HRC hearing: Former Klipspruit West SGB member denies racism

The Human Rights Commission is in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg to discuss racial tensions there.

The area has seen continued protests, including at the Klipspruit West Secondary School, where parents demanded that a black school principal be replaced after his appointment caused major contestation.

EWN Reporter Thando Kubheka is covering the story. Kubheka tells The Midday Report stand-in host, Ray White that on the second day of the hearings, the commission said it will investigate allegations of racism, maladministration, and inequality in the community.

The main reason for these hearings emanates from the recent ongoing violent protests at the Klipspruit West Secondary School which resulted in learning and teaching disruptions.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

The demonstrations were sparked by the appointment of a black principal and the community claims the appointment was flawed.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

Kubheka reports that in attempt to salvage the situation and to restore peace and calm in the area, Gauteng MEC for education, Panyaza Lesufi disbanded the schools governing body. Despite those interventions, the problems at the school continued, she says.

To make matters worse, recently, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) withdrew its members from the Eldorado Park area, saying that their members are being victimised. Lesufi then also met with the union to try and find a resolution. The members have since returned to classrooms for the interests of teaching and learning.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

A teacher from the main school in Eldorado Park made her submission on Wednesday saying as a black teacher she only experienced racism management at the school and said she would like to see more black people in management positions reports Kubheka.

She says that a member of the Klipspruit West Secondary school governing body denied racism existing at the school, accusing black educators victimising coloured learners, and criticised Lesufi for disbanding the governing body.

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