Following a much publicised fight against racism by students of Pretoria Girls High School, some of South Africa’s celebs have rallied round the girls.
The Girls from the school protested over the weekend in defense of black students’ rights to wear their hair naturally in the classroom.
The black students were allegedly told by school authorities to “straighten” their hair.
As the fight for their rights intensified across social media, the hashtag; #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh became one of the hottest on Twitter.
Meanwhile, celebs gave their full support for the girls who are only fighting for their rights.
Metro FM DJ Unathi Msengana used her radio show as an avenue to bring awareness to the plight of the students. In addition, she took calls and messages from listeners. Her anger was also extended to other schools that had allegedly instituted similar obnoxious policies against black students.
Subsequently, she took to Instagram to post a picture of a student protesting at the school. Then, radio jock and talk show host Anele Mdoda shared the same image on Twitter. Her ensuing posts portrayed her annoyance over the situation.
One of her posts read:
“Hands off our girls. Distracting them from education is what’s happening here. White girls don’t have to fight to be white I don’t see why our kids have to go to school to fight to be black enough. Pretoria Girls High do BETTER !!!!!”
Also, musician Zakes Bantwini couldn’t control his emotions as he wrote:
“Crying tears, when our own have to fight for their identity at this age. This picture, whoever is raising this young girl is raising a LEGEND,” he said, next to the image of student sporting an afro, which has largely become the image of the movement.
Other tweets include:
My school didn't allow us to have braids or cornrows. We fought. We were told we aren't allowed fancy hairstyles.
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) August 28, 2016
Telling black girls in AFRICA that they may not wear an Afro is racist. Straight hair is white standards of beauty @Liligriet
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) August 29, 2016
— Masechaba Ndlovu (@MasechabaNdlovu) August 29, 2016
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Meanwhile, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the Pretoria Girls High School on Monday morning. Consequently, more than 4,500 people have signed a petition calling for his intervention on the matter.
In the meantime, the MEC has decided to hear both sides of the story before drawing conclusions.