MEC vows to deal with transformation at Gauteng schools

MEC vows to deal with transformation at Gauteng schools

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has vowed to deal with transformation issues at schools in the province once and for all.

Panyaza Lesufi Solly Msimange Pretoria Girls High
Photo: Slindelo Masikane

Lesufi met with learners of Pretoria Girls High and school management on Monday, following allegations that Black girls are being victimised. 


Learners told the MEC how they are forced to straighten their hair and how insults are thrown to those who keep their hair in afros and dreadlocks.

One pupil said black girls aren't allowed to stand in groups and are accused of being too involved in political and race issues. 


Learners asked Lesufi to attend to the school's code of conduct to ensure it doesn't discriminate against Black and Muslim girls.


They also demand that disciplinary action be taken against teachers and other staff members who are perpetuating racist policies.


Lesufi's last meeting will be with the school's governing body tonight before any decisions are made. 

The MEC promised to intervene and ensure learners at all schools are protected.


"It's not an issue of Pretoria Girls High only. It's an issue of learners that are in similar schools within the province and our intervention needs to rescue them. We don't want the same situation to come up in another area tomorrow or next week or otherwise," he said.

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