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Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke incident sparks memories of two similar school racism sagas

An image circulating on social media which shows black and white children seated at separate tables apparently at Laerskool Schweizer Reneke

The photo is believed to be from Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West.

As a outcome, the province's education minister Sello Lehari was forced to issue the following disclaimer after paying the school a visit.

'Rather what becomes painful is that there are black people who still insist that racism has ended and who think that blacks and white can have peaceful relations that do not have undertones of racism.

"On behalf of the department, I wish to condemn in its strongest terms any allegation of racism in our schools which contradict the constitution of our country".

A South African primary teacher has been suspended after being accused of racially segregating black and white children.

"This was meant to be an exciting day for me, but it's not", she said.

The teacher also complained about the school's language policy. "We hope that the school staff is ready and willing to address this issue immediately and to make a commitment to change outdated attitudes toward integration".

The faces have been blurred due to the Child Protection Act.

The account claims the children were rearranged and the photo taken in response to the backlash with which the incident was met.

Another parent said she was "pi**** off" by the picture, saying white parents had been thanking the teacher for the image in the WhatsApp group but no-one had brought up the separation. White people will always see black people as inferior to them.

An education official said: 'We are not sure whether is fake or real, if it's real we are condemning it, we say not during this era, we can not really accept it'.

"I remember in 2008‚ we left township schools at that time and protested at this school because we wanted this [racial segregation] to end as this is also a government school‚" one resident said.

"The governing body does not condone any distinction based on race".

"If you are not happy here, take your child to another school, nobody is forcing you". My suggestion? This school must be shut down, the parents of those learners in the corner must get a formal apology and the teacher must be fired!

Others, however, pointed out that the picture was seemingly part of a series of pictures taken on the same day in the same class.

In the other pictures, children of different races can be seen interacting.