SA Human Rights Council probes alleged school racism

The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into an alleged racially-motivated altercation between black and white learners at Hoerskool Jan Viljoen in Randfontein, on Gauteng’s West Rand.

Racial tensions reached a boiling point when the parents of both groups of learners clashed, forcing police to fire rubber bullets to disperse them.

Last week, a video also showing the learners fighting went viral. Classes at the school will remain suspended until tomorrow.

SA Human Rights Commissioner, Andre Gaum said have decided to investigate the allegations of unfair discrimination and racism at the school as well as the voice note being circulated on social media where learners are being called the so-called gay word.

“We had an interview with the principal on what happened there but the investigation is on-going and more interviews would have to be conducted”, said Gaum.

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, visited the school on Monday for a report on the incident that happened on Friday.

source: SABC