School Staff Suspended For Calling Black Students Baboons
South African officials have suspended two principals and one teacher following an investigation into disgustingly racist treatment toward black students at local schools.
via News 24
Two principals and a teacher in three Free State schools have been suspended amid allegations of racism, the provincial education department said on Monday.
The SAHRC had investigated Francois Schoon, principal of the Dr Viljoen Combined School in Bloemfontein, Charles Liversage, principal of Christian De Wet Hoërskool in Dewetsdorp, and Trudy Erasmus, a Life Orientation teacher at St Helena Primary school in Welkom.
The commission released a report on the Dr Viljoen Combined School last week, finding it guilty of hate speech towards black pupils. It found that pupils at the school were exposed to dehumanising and racist treatment from staff, including the principal, in May 2013.
Pupils alleged staff called them racist, derogatory, and belittling names, such as “kaffirs, baboons, monkeys, and little black b***hes”.
Unfortunately, these incidents were not isolated, as black students claimed teachers also insulted their families and heritage with blatantly racist comments.
They further alleged that one of the teachers told them that “after seeing their ugly faces, he adores his dog even more because it is more beautiful than them”.
Pupils claimed teachers told them to go back to black schools in townships as they would never succeed in life and would end up like their parents who worked in chain stores.
In a Grade Seven classroom, the old South African flag was reportedly on display, along with a picture of Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema next to a monkey.
This is outrageous! Hopefully the final outcome following this investigation will be that these sorry-excuses-for “teachers” are fired and not allowed to teach again.