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sahrc thumb medium90 90IOL News reports that a teacher union has turned to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), asking that it probe complaints of hate speech and racism emanating from protests at the Hoërskool Overvaal.  

Since reopening last week, teaching at the Afrikaans-medium school has been marred by protests because it did not accept 55 English-speaking pupils.  On Thursday, teachers aligned to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), supported by union federation Cosatu, left their pupils in class to hand over a memorandum to the school governing body (SGB) demanding the acceptance of the excluded pupils.  There was singing of the song, ‘Kill The Boer’, which was previously deemed as hate speech by the Equality Court.  There were also reports of postings by social media user Aubery Mabele, which included “one bullet, een Boere kind”.  This prompted the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU), as well as the Democratic Alliance (DA), to lay complaints with the SAHRC on Friday.  The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) said the formal charge of hate speech and racism laid by its affiliate, SAOU, was necessitated by Mabele’s post on social media.  SAOU also asked the Public Protector to audit the leave records of those teachers who had joined the protest and were on unauthorised leave.

  • Read this report by Mayibongwe Maqhina in full at IOL News
  • Read too, Department condemns disruptions, on page 10 of Sowetan of 26 January 2018
  • And also, Sadtu to intensify protest at Hoërskool Overvaal in coming week, at SABC News


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