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northwestprovinceTimesLIVE reports that North West education MEC Sello Lehari did not on Thursday release a preliminary report into the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke saga as had been expected.  

He was to have addressed a press briefing in Mahikeng, but it was postponed until further notice.  His spokesperson Freddy Sepeng indicated:  “There are some legal things that need to be dealt with first.  Solidarity had said the MEC did not follow procedure in his last pronouncement, so we are following procedure."  The much-anticipated report had been expected to reveal whether anyone was in the wrong following an uproar over a photo taken at the school showing black and white Grade R learners who had been seated separately.  The report would also have revealed what action, if any, should be taken in regard to the incident.  Elana Barkhuizen, a teacher from the school, was suspended last week in connection with the photo, which she was reported to have taken.  Earlier in the week, Solidarity announced it was taking legal action against Lehari, saying he had failed to follow proper procedure in Barkhuizen's suspension.

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