South African cabinet denounces ‘recent acts of racism’

Recent acts of racism in the country should be strongly condemned, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said on Thursday.

In a statement following Wednesday’s fortnightly Cabinet meeting, Chabane said this should especially be stamped out in school classrooms.

“There is no room for racism in our country and democracy, let alone in our schools, where the values of our Constitution ought to be promoted and defended.”

He called on South Africans to work with government to deal with racism.

“Cabinet commends the department of basic education for its quick action in dealing with racism in schools and encourages all parents, pupils, and teachers to report racism and abuse at schools.”

In a Grade Seven classroom at the Wilgehof Primary School, in Bloemfontein, the old South African flag was reportedly on display, along with a picture of expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema alongside that of a monkey.

The history and life orientation teacher allegedly responsible for the display and for making racist remarks, as well as the principal, have been suspended.

One of the white parents at the school had also laid a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) — who had already been to the school for an on-site inspection.

While investigating, the SAHRC learnt that some pupils had been called derogatory names. – Sapa