Editorial
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1 Jun 2021
5:32 am

Cornwall Hill: No excuse for racist abuse of pupils

Editorial

Anyone who seeks to defend it should look deep within themselves. South Africa will never grow while racism still thrives.

Students at the Cornwall Hill College protest against allegations of racism at the school, 31 May 2021, Centurion. Picture: Jacques Nelles

It would be wrong to dismiss Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s visit to the racially tense and divided Cornwall Hill School as mere sound-bite political grandstanding – especially not once you have listened to the stories of the black pupils there. At the protest, pupils spoke emotionally about being reviled in a racist way by teachers. Grade 11 pupil Singo Ravele was almost in tears as she recounted being told by a teacher that her hair was “unpresentable” and that she would look better if she had her hair chemically straightened. Others spoke of being called “you people” or told...