- A top Cape Town school has come under fire after news broke that it chased away its first black teacher
- According to the teacher, she quit after the school threatened to ruin her reputation
- Parents has since showed their support for the young educator and they slammed Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schfer for how she handled the situation
Nozipho Mthembu, who started to work as a grade five teacher at Rustenburg Girls' Junior School in January, has accused to school of forcing her to resign.
Mthembu, who was also a former learner at the school, said she was told to resign or face disciplinary action.
The 26-year-old feared for her reputation after the school allegedly went out of its way to make her look incompetent, TimesLIVE reported.
Briefly.co.za learned Mthembu was the school's first black teacher and she was signed up for a so-called mentorship, which left her traumatised. Thereafter, she was given a choice between resignation and a 'ruined' reputation.
She opted to voluntarily step down because working at the school was “intolerable" and they "treated me in a discriminatory manner”.
Eyewitness News reported Mthembu said she still does not know why the school dismissed her, but added they let her to believe parents were complaining about her performance.
Parents wanted to know what happened to Mthembu and the school would allegedly lie by saying she left over personal reasons.
Since the real story was shared, parents have shown their support for Mthembu. A group of parents‚ who are known as Parents for Change, said there were other issues of racism, discrimination and humiliation at the school, which has gone ignored for long enough.
They even slammed the province's Education MEC, Debbie Schfer, for the manner she handled th situation.
“It is not entirely clear whether Schfer is not fully informed‚ or whether she is being selective in what she chooses to know. As a group of concerned parents‚ we have attempted to solicit the intervention of the Western Cape Education Department," the parents said.
Mthembu has since approached CCMA, demanding compensation for constant 'unpleasant' treatment she endured, the Sowetan reported.
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