Chris Ndaliso
Senior journalist
1 minute read
11 Jul 2022
11:40

Durban principal ‘institutionalised racism’ at the school – Independent panel report

Chris Ndaliso

The panel found that the principal and her deputy would encourage white staff members to recruit more white pupils.

Grosvenor Girls High, in Durban.

An independent panel has found that the of principal of Grosvenor Girls High, in Durban, and her deputy institutionalised racism at the school.

This was revealed by KZN Education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu, during Monday’s media briefing in Mayville, Durban.

The panel was set up by Mshengu following allegations of racism against black pupils and staff members at the school.

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Mshengu said the panel found that the principal and her deputy would encourage white staff members to recruit more white pupils.

He said they would also tell black girls that their hair did not make them look like ladies.

“In some instances, the white pupils would mess up in the ablution facilities and black employees would be called in to clean the mess. Even on the front desk management there are no black people.

“We continue to hear allegations of racism in some of the former model C schools,” said Mshengu.

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He said the panel report has been handed over to the head of department for actioning.

He said the principal remained suspended.

The allegations, according to the MEC, dated back to 2017 but nothing has done about them. He said the matter will also be referred to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).