Lesufi suspends school's hairstyle policy amid racism allegations

Lesufi suspends school's hairstyle policy amid racism allegations

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has suspended the hairstyle policy at Windsor House Academy for three months.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi
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He visited the private secondary school after Siybonga Ngwenya posted on Facebook that her niece was kicked out of school due to her hairstyle.

In the post Ngwenya says all the girls with braids and dreadlocks were sent home.

Lesufi says the visit to the school in Kempton Park broke his heart.

"I really don't want our children to feel unwanted in schooling environment. We have addressed the concern and allowed the learners to expressed their views," he says. 

He says the new hairstyle policy will be adopted.

"The school has accepted the resolution that protocols related to hair management in the school will be suspended for the next three months. Learners will be called to give an input to the new policy which will go back to the school in three months," Lesufi says.

He says the principal was trying to play the role of a parent and unintentionally made learners feel uncomfortable. 

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