A shocking new video showing the reality of racial segregation at the infamous Curro Foundation School has been doing the rounds via Facebook. AAISHA DADI PATEL rounds up.
In late January of this year, Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat, Pretoria came under fire for promoting division of black and white learners.
The school defended the decision to racially segregate learners, saying: “It is just because of friends. Children are able to make friends with children of their culture.”
A shocking new video has, however, now emerged, showing the children being segregated into two groups of white children and two groups of black children as they step off busses on an excursion. One of the groups of white children also appear curious, wondering where their black classmates are going to as they head off in a different direction.
According to the school, the children had been split up into groups of Afrikaans and English classes as Curro Roodeplaat is a dual-medium school. Race had nothing to do with the division, it says.
A black parent at the school who spoke to The Daily Vox about this segregation earlier this year called the division “a racist ploy”.
“It’s wrong and it should be discouraged so that the kids know that they can be peers and also friends… There is so much division and unfortunately the principal is not able to manage it; he does not promote unity. There’s division in everything from the parents’ meetings to assemblies,” said Lorraine Makwanga.
The Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi confirmed that a team from the department would visit the school to investigate further on Thursday.