Cornwall Hill College: SA Responds to Central Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago at Protest

Cornwall Hill College: SA Responds to Central Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago at Protest

- SA Central Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago participated in the parent-run antiracism protests outside Cornwall Hill College in Pretoria

- Kganyago mentioned the changes that parents and students would like to see the private school implement in order for it to transform

- South Africans have taken to social media to share their thoughts about the Governor participating in the protests at the school

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South African Central Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago has put himself in the centre of the issues at Cornwall Hill College. Kganyago stated that schools that were previously whites-only should employ more black educators, change admissions criteria and teach more African languages.

Cornwall Hill College is embroiled in matters concerning racism allegations. Kganyago has joined the fight against racism at the school. He participated in an anti-racism protest at the private school, which is attended by his daughter.

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Kganyago stated that the school needs to go out of its way to recruit black teachers in order to give students pride in terms of looking and knowing that black people are excelling in the education sector.

Cornwall Hill College: SA responds to Lesetja Kganyago at protests
Lesetja Kganyago joined in on the antiracism protests at Cornwall Hill College and Mzansi has had a lot to say. Image: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
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According to TimesLIVE, there have been a number of reports of a lack of transformation at Cornwall Hill College. This resulted in protests following black students stating that they have experienced discrimination at the school.

On 26 May, a statement by the school informed families that they would be looking at its diversity training, hair policy and structure of the school board.

Public response

@LuxoloNgwane said:

"How do you stop racism from schools if you can't stop racism in institutions especially in the private sector?"

@tshools stated:

"This irks me that we still need to be protesting for such..."

@iKhomanis wrote:

"He's fighting racism at a school instead of fighting institutional racism there at the SARB..."

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@JoanaLanga1 tweeted:

"Because like us, he is a parent who is concerned about racism at CHC."

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Previously, Briefly News reported that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited Cornwall Hill College in Pretoria on Monday, 31 May after allegations of racism at the school emerged last week. Reports say the allegations resulted in a stalemate between school officials and parents and led to a protest.

Incidents of racism

On Monday morning, a student addressed the school. The teen spoke about her first memory of racism at the institution, which occurred when she was in Grade 4.

The student described the incident in which a teacher referred to her hair as 'unpresentable' and advised that she chemically straighten her natural hair.

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