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SAOUNews24 reports that the SA Teachers Union (SAOU) is demanding that the Schweizer-Reneke Primary School teacher at the centre of an alleged racism row should be reinstated immediately as labour laws were ignored in the heat of the moment.  

"The suspension is nothing more than a transparent fig-leaf of political opportunism and abuse of power.  We have already started processes to challenge the suspension," said SAOU chief executive Chris Klopper.  The teacher was suspended over a photograph on social media showing her class's white pupils together at one grouping of desks, while four black pupils were at another desk cluster in the corner of the classroom.  Klopper said that the union was opposed to any form of discrimination, but added that when the teacher was suspended, it was sudden and was allegedly done without following labour law procedure.  He alleged that the teacher was not given a letter stating the intention to suspend her, with reasons for the action, and inviting her to indicate why she should not be suspended, as required by law.  "There was nothing whatsoever.  The decision was just taken on the spur of the moment," Klopper said.  The teacher who took the photograph apparently also faces suspension.

  • Read this original report by Jenni Evans in full at News24
  • Read too, Schweizer-onnie ‘moes oor foon hoor’ van skorsing, at Maroela Media

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