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Kindergarten photo evokes Apartheid ghosts in South Africa

10 January 2019

"This was meant to be an exciting day for me but it's not", said the parent.

The parent, who preferred to remain anonymous, painted a grim picture of what transpired after she dropped of her 6-year-old at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.

Education MEC, Sello Lehari, this will allow investigations to continue.

"We want to hold the government responsible for neglecting public and rural schools, as the result blacks including coloured and Indian people have no option but to take their children to such racist private schools for better education".

Racism is still deeply embedded in South Africa almost 25 years after white-minority rule ended. Language policy has historically been used to exclude black learners.

In the photo, a small group of black children are sitting at a separate table away from the white children.

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Parents have started removing their children from a Schweizer-Reneke primary school in the North West amid protests outside the school.

Image copyright. Image caption After a backlash from parents the school reportedly shared this picture of the children sitting in integrated groups What has the response been?

When parents then complained to the school, according to TimesLive, they were sent a different picture after the children's break showing that they had been "moved to different seating spaces to ensure they were not separated according to race". "We did not accept the explanation", he told community members, adding that a decision on the fate of the principal had not been taken.

Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat was found guilty of racism after a probe by the Gauteng education department.

You can take your kids to the whitest schools in the country but so long as the black majority is poor, your kids will always be reminded that they are black and therefore inferior.

Provincial spokesperson Jerry Matebesi says this incident is an example of "naked racism". However, based on our understanding and the video you will see below, things have intensified outside the school, where protesters, dressed in political regalia, have picketed, chanting angrily and climbing the school's fence.

Kindergarten photo evokes Apartheid ghosts in South Africa