A teacher who allegedly separated black and white children in the Grade R class at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in North West has been suspended with immediate effect, education member of the executive council in the province Sello Lehari said on Thursday.

He said the suspension was to allow investigations to continue.

Lehari said the school’s explanation was that black children were separated because they were new at the school and could not speak Afrikaans or English.


“We did not accept the explaination,” he told community members.

Lehari said a decision on the fate of the principal had not been taken.

The suspension comes after a picture depicting alleged racism at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke circulated on social media angering parents and other South Africans.