- A series of allegations involving racism have rocked Carletonville Hoërskool
- A grade 12 pupil claims that she was assaulted and the staff tried to cover up the incident
- The assault allegedly involved another grade 12 pupil who is a white boy
A 17-year-old black pupil in grade 12, Esethu Ngcwama, says that she refuses to go back to school after she claims that she was assaulted by a white boy at the school. She alleges that he headbutted and threw her over a chair after she asked him to stop spraying his deodorant in class because she suffers from a sinus condition.
She was headbutted after she slapped him. He then threw her over a chair which resulted in a dislocated shoulder and a fractured rib.
Both of the students were taken to the head of discipline at the school, Mr de Koker. Ngcwama's request to phone her mother was refused and she says that Mr de Koker did not properly investigate the fight between her and the boy.
He also told the two to never speak of the incident.
When she returned to class the geography teacher told her that she had deserved what happened to her. Ngcwama also claims that teachers have threatened pupils with suspension if they spoke of the assault which occurred last week.
Ngcwama has opened a case of assault with the police. Past and present pupils have recounted racial incidents that they experienced at the school.
A former pupil, Maphoka Lepota, claimed that the white and black pupils are segregated in class.
“One day I intentionally sat in the white people section and Mrs Cornelius came flaming to tell me to move. I asked her why and she said‚ ‘because we sit here’ I said who's we? To this day I'm still waiting for her response. (Of course I didn't move I wasn't about to be apologetic about my race) There are more instances where we experienced racism not only from students but from teachers‚” she explained.
Another former pupil‚ Tshegofatso Moitsheki said “I repeat‚ I was also bullied in grade 8-9 when I notified Mr Bunny he told me to suck it all up‚ everyone that's been at that school will say how de koker treats black students. The matter was resolved when my Mother faced the two Afrikaans boys after school.”
The Gauteng Department of Education has said that the incidents are being investigated to establish the facts.
“We condemn‚ in the strongest terms‚ any incidents of racial attack and assault in our schools and will not hesitate to take action against perpetrators who are found guilty of this misconduct‚,” said says education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
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