[LISTEN] Parent horrified at alleged racism at NW school

Black pupils allegedly segregated from white ones at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke North West 9 January 2019

The parent said: "This was meant to be an exciting day for me but it's not".

"As a result, blacks including coloured and Indian people have no option but to take their children to such racist private schools for better education", said Sigudu.

A photo showing a small group of black children sitting at a separate table away from white children at the school went viral on social media and raised the ire of political parties.

In 2016, people took to social media to speak up against the Koetjes en Kalfjes Heritage Hill Campus nursery school after an upset mother took to Facebook to share an image that clearly had racial connotations attached to it.

"From the information I got from the meeting, it seems that there are a lot of cases here of racism", provincial Education Minister Sello Lehari said after visiting the school.

According to the mother, she dropped of her child at school and around 9am, the teacher posted a photo of the grade R classroom on WhatsApp to give the parents an update on their kids.

Asked how the situation made her feel, the frustrated mother said she hoped her five-year-old child was still too young to have noticed what was happening.

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Du Plessis added that the photograph was a "reflection of a single moment in a classroom".

A teacher at the school has been suspended, pending the outcome of that probe.

Image copyright. Image caption After a backlash from parents the school reportedly shared this picture of the children sitting in integrated groups What has the response been?

The school hasn't responded to requests for comment. "Not a division based on race - but a division legitimately based on the language preference of the class." the school wrote in a statement.

"All I saw was messages from the white parents saying "dankie, dankie" ['thank you, thank you' on the WhatsApp group] but no one was saying anything about the separation of the learners", said the fuming mother.

These three examples show a trend more than coincidence.

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