Free State Department of education responds to HRC accusation on racism

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THANDI XABA

The Free State Department of Education is dismayed and upset by the manner in which the Human Right Commission (HRC) has handled reports of former Wilgehof Primary School teacher, Leonard Mackay.

According to the department the HRC issued a statement with inaccuracies and wrongly accused the department of failing to deal with racism in the province’s public schools.

Department Spokesperson Howard Ndaba says MacKay’s recent employment at Dr CF Visser Primary School was done so by the School Governing Body (SGB), yet the Commission did not bother to approach the department to establish the facts about his appointment.

He adds the department is dealing with racism issues in schools despite the commission’s statements.

He further says the departmental task team responsible for dealing with racism in schools was literally snubbed by the commission.

According to Ndaba following the Wilgehof Primary School saga many parents and learners contacted the department to complain about further incidents.

However MacKay has since resigned from Dr CF Visser Primary School. He was found guilty of racism and hate speech after complaints were laid against him for calling his students monkeys and the k-word two years.