Despite the incessant calls to shut down a racist preschool in Centurion, Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi has decided to handle the matter in a more diplomatic way.
The crèche was termed racist after a picture of a black toddler kept aside from her white classmates went viral.
However, Lesufi is of the view that the situation at the school could be “turned around” for good.
A furious Lesufi had taken to Twitter a day earlier to express his outrage during a visit to the Koetjes en Kalfjes Heritage Hill Campus.
The photo as displayed on Facebook by a woman who says she is related to the black child‚ Kefhiloe Mokoka‚ shows the child sitting alone during lunch with four white toddlers next to her together at a separate table.
’’Someone please tell me what is wrong with this picture‚ or maybe my family is over-reacting. That child sitting all alone in the next table with no cupcake is my 19-month-old cousin at her preschool somewhere in Centurion‚” Makoka posted.
Even more disturbing is the fact that the controversial photo was sent to the mother of the black kid by the racist preschool.
“This picture was sent by the school to the mother. Either they really wanted her to take her child out or they are so blind they can’t see what is wrong with this picture‚” Makoka added.
During a visit to the racist preschool, Lesufi heard the explanation given about the photo by the principal‚ which he did not find satisfactory, added to the fact that his visit revealed that all the children and the teaching staff except the ostracized black kid were white.
Lesufi added that the only black staff at the school did “piecemeal jobs” as he exclaimed on Twitter on Thursday: “Blacks are just maids here! Disgusting.”
For now, Lesufi said he had “assigned a social worker to immediately” to the school in order to gather “further evidence”.
But instead of administering proper punishment to the school, Lesufi prefers to rectify the issue same way the Curro Primary School in Roodeplaat issue was tackled.
He bragged about his department’s actions at Curro which turned out “successful” turning the institution as one of the best “transformed schools” under his department’s jurisdiction.
To the parents whose kid is in the apparently racist school, Lesufi urged to return to the school‚ and not “back down” to the racism.