Brackenfell learners open up about school's racism in tell all IG page

Brackenfell learners open up about school's racism in tell all IG page

- Learners at Brackenfell High School in Cape Town have created an IG account which they are using to expose racism in the school

- The IG page is filled with stories of acts of racism being told by previous and current learners of the school

- The page already has over 2k followers and hundreds of comments from shocked social media users

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Following the ongoing drama around Brackenfell High School, the EFF, and parents of the school children who attend there, learners have decided to open an Instagram account on which they are sharing the numerous occasions they experienced discrimination on the basis of they skin colour and racial background.

The page features hundreds of different accounts of racism from anonymous learners. In many posts, the learners explain how they almost always complained to those in power and yet were never actually heard.

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"White boys giggling and pulling your braids in the hallway and making animal sounds. You guys know the one near the hall where it's always dark," one post reads.

Another post reads:

"It was the year 2009 and we were having our monthly neatness inspection. All the girls in my class were called out to the corridor to have their attire checked. One of the girls' hair wasn't up to BHS standard and so the grade head told her 'If you want to wear your hair like that you should go to a b**sman school. We don't tolerate that hair here'."

The horror stories continue as many children come forth with their racist experiences about hair, speaking black languages and discrimination in school sports. No names are mentioned on the page even though many social media users called on the perpetrators to be named.

Brackenfell learners share racism stories
Brackenfell learners tell their tales of racism at the school on IG. Source: Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
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In more news about Brackenfell High, the SABC has made the decision to suspend one of their radio hosts, Phiwe Nozewu from the Umhlobo Wenene FM station, after he laughed about the ongoing violence at Brackenfell High School between the EFF and parents of the school learners.

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Nozewu recently took to his Twitter page to poke fun at some of the EFF members having been assaulted by angry parents outside the school earlier this week. In the tweet, he referred to one of the parents as "man of the match".

“Man of the match goes to Kobus,” wrote the tweet which he retweeted on his page, also including a picture of an EFF member who was complaining about the assault. After seeing the tweet, EFF members called on the SABC to take action against Nozewu.

Phiwe has since issued an apology on his Twitter page. He has also received widespread support from his listeners, some of whom have promised to stop listening to the radio station until he is brought back.

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