Parents at Jan Viljoen Hoerskool have spoken against their children’s mistreatment at the Randfontein high school, which is engrossed in a racism controversy.
On Sunday, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi met with parents from the school and pledged his dedication to eliminating racial divides in classrooms.
When police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to restore order outside the school gates last week, tensions between parents erupted.
This follows a quarrel among students that went viral on social media, as well as voice notes containing defamatory language, along with the K-word.
Parents waited in line to express their concerns and fears to Lesufi about their children’s alleged racial discrimination by their peers.
According to one parent, one of the students allegedly threw a bottle of urine at his daughter.
He said, “After the incident that happened, only then did she start spilling the beans and as a parent, it still pains me today to hear my daughter telling me that so many times that she’s been thrown with bottle full of urine while she’s having lunch. What kind of a parent can stand for that?”
However, some parents denied that the school’s students’ actions were race related.
“Parents, don’t make this a racial or political thing, please because this is not what it is. These are kids,” one parent said.
Lesufi stated that the school and its governing body were doing everything possible to combat racism.