Last straw for Curro school principal, but operating licence no longer withdrawn

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi announced to the media that he has suspended his decision to shut down the Curro Roodeplaat School.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi outside CurroRoodeplaat School on 18 June 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

Lesufi had considered suspending the licence of the Curro school after a video surfaced allegedly depicting the racial segregation of pupils on a school field trip – the most recent incident accusing the school of racism.

(Also read our article: 'Drastic consequences' on the cards for Curro School over alleged race video)

When I saw the video, I wanted to act decisively. I'd wanted to revoke the licence of the school, which would have led to the closure of the school, but the management of the school requested a review of this. They presented something reasonable: they would recall the principal and the regional manager and other commitments. On that basis, I felt that we should give them an opportunity, so the school will continue to operate, and the young ones won't inconvenienced.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC

Watch: The video of alleged racial segregation on Curro school field-trip

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