Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi will meet with school governingbody of the Pretoria Girls High after students petitioned him and the school’s headmistress on issues around #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh

On Friday, black students at the school went on a march on the schools premises after they were allegedly ordered to relax their, speak only English while and NOT congregate on the school’s premises.

Learners at the Pretoria Girls High have petitioned MEC for education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi and the school’s headmistress, Mrs K Du Toit.

In the petition, the learners demand that swift action be taken to ensure that:

  • The school’s code of conduct does not discriminate against Black and Muslim girls;
  • Disciplinary action against teachers and other staff members implementing any racist policy and/or racist actions
  • Protection for the learners who protested to ensure they will not be victimised.

It seems 22 years into South Africa’s democracy, afros are too exotic and must be taken off or the hair should be relaxed. Why?

Social commentator and published author Khaya Dlanga says racism must be rooted out from schools.

Many social media users are standing with the learners saying the have rights.