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sadtu90News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in the North West is demanding answers from the provincial department on why a teacher, who allegedly captured and shared a controversial image taken at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the province, was suspended.  

Action was taken against the teacher after an image surfaced on social media, showing a group of black children sitting at a separate table from their white classmates.  Sadtu provincial chairperson Mxolisi Bomvana said:  "What we have since discovered is that the teacher who allegedly separated the children according to their race is still working in the school.  We want answers why the teacher is still in school."  The union said it supported the swift reaction from North West Education MEC Sello Lehari, who is investigating what happened on Wednesday last week.  "We are calling for the investigations by the department to go deeper and the MEC must tell us why he suspended Barkhuizen,” said Bomvana.  Barkhuizen, with the support of trade union Solidarity, has threatened to take legal action following her suspension, which she termed unlawful.  On Wednesday, a source in the provincial department of education reportedly indicated that the school principal and the teacher who allegedly separated the children according to race would be suspended soon.

  • Read Ntwaagae Seleka’s report on this story in full at News24

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