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Solidarity2The Citizen reports that at a press conference held by trade union Solidarity, suspended Schweizer-Reneke teacher Elana Barkhuizen was in tears as she read out a statement in Afrikaans.  

Last week Barkhuizen shared a picture of a classroom at the North West school which caused outrage for seemingly depicting children divided along racial lines.  She was later summarily suspended.  Barkhuizen said she was a “good teacher”, and thanked people in her community both black and white who had shown her support.  She accused those who were responsible for the outrage surrounding the incident of being “opportunists” who had the aim of “spreading hate”, and said such people shouldn’t be allowed to spread doubt among teachers or cause them to question their profession.  At the press conference, Solidarity said it would serve court papers before the end of the week in an attempt to lift Barkhuizen’s suspension.  The union has also asked the Human Rights Commission to investigate North West education MEC Sello Lehari.  CEO Dirk Hermann Hermann called their legal challenge a “matter of utmost importance” in SA, adding that he saw it as an issue of building democracy.  Hermann noted that “official processes” would uncover the truth regarding what had happened at the school.

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