AfriForum reaffirm stance on use of K-word amid racist saga : Friday 7 June 2013

AfriForum reaffirm stance on use of K-word amid racist saga

Friday 7 June 2013 15:19

SABC

Authorities to probe racism allegations levelled against a primary school in Bloemfontein.

Authorities to probe racism allegations levelled against a primary school in Bloemfontein.(SABC)

The Civil Rights Organisation AfriForum on Friday reaffirmed its stance on the use of the so-called K-word and appealed to the public not to use the word at all.

This came after the suspension of a primary school teacher in Bloemfontein for allegedly using the word. The organisation warned the public to be judicious when they voice their frustrations and to do it in a way that remains morally defensible. Deputy CEO of AfriForum, Ernst Roets, says they regard such demeaning words as a gross human rights violation.

Meanwhile, the Free State Education Department says the principal of Dr Viljoen High School in Bloemfontein has denied racism allegations levelled against his school. Earlier, the department confirmed that it was investigating the school. The allegations surfaced after the suspension of a principal and teacher at the Wilgehof Primary School in the city. Free State Department of Education spokesperson Howard Ndaba confirmed that they went to the school this morning to present to the principal the allegations that are before us, alleging incident of racism in that school, but the principal categorically denied those allegations.

Ndaba says as the democratically elected government, as a non-racial government, they cannot sit back on their laurels when there are these serious allegations. He says they are indeed continuing as the department with those investigations.


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