Racism allegations rock Cape Town school as SAHRC investigates Stellenbosch incident


Good Hope Seminary High School has been rocked by allegations of racism following an incident between two students.

Matric pupils protested outside the school in Cape Town for the second day in a row, over a recent incident where an Indian pupil allegedly called a black girl a derogatory name.

Students also accused the school of failing to address cases of racism and sexual harassment.

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“When the incident was finally heard by the teacher looking after us year 12 students, I think she swept it under the rug.

“She was just taking sides… she took the side of the other girl who used the N-word on another black [pupil] in our school,” said one of the students ENCA tuesday.

The matriculant pointed out that students have been complaining about racism since 2018.

“We’ve had cases where our principal uses the word ‘darkie’ for black girls, where teachers refer to girls as looking like servants, where black girls are told we shouldn’t be in school [and that] we should go to the townships because we don’t speak Afrikaans,” she said.

The citizen contacted the Western Cape Department of Education about this.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is due to meet with the school management team, the School Governing Board (SGB) and the parents of Hoërskool Jan Viljoen in Randfontein regarding the outcome of investigations into the allegations racism and sexual assault at school.

An alleged racially motivated fight broke out between two groups of students at school in February this year.

Stellenbosch Incident

Protests at Good Hope Seminary High School come next University of Stellenbosch Monday suspended a student after an apparently racist incident.

The incident saw a white student urinate on a black student’s books and laptop after breaking into his room at the Huis Marais residence in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The university condemned the incident and confirmed an investigation into the matter.

“Another quick but detailed investigation will determine the final results. Expulsion or criminal charges are not excluded from possible available options, based on the findings of the investigation,” said university spokesman Martin Viljoen.

The white student has since been removed from the Huis Marais residence, while the victim has been offered counseling.

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While the Council of Student Representatives (CRS) sought the author’s deportation, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it had received two complaints regarding the alleged incident of racism.

Talk to Newzroom Africa On Tuesday, SAHRC Commissioner Andre Gaum said the commission would also investigate the Stellenbosch incident.

“The commission decided to investigate the matter because, on the face of it or prima facie… it appears that the violation of the rights of the student concerned has taken place. We have received two complaints at our Western Cape provincial office,” he said.

“If these allegations are true, this was indeed an atrocious and despicable incident. The facts must first be determined by the commission. We urge everyone to also wait for the commission to conclude its investigation so that we can establish the facts,” Gaum added.


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