FS education task team starts racism investigation


Christal-Lize Muller

A special task team appointed by the Free State department of education has started their internal investigation into allegations of racism by two headmasters and a teacher from three separate schools in the province.

This comes after the principal of Dr Viljoen Combined School in Bloemfontein, Francois Schoon, the principal of Christiaan de Wet Combined School in Dewetsdorp, Charles Liversage, and a teacher in life orientation at St Helena Primary School in Welkom, Trudy Erasmus were suspended by the department on Friday following allegations of racism.

Chairperson of the task team, Thabiso Motsoeneng, says the investigation started in Welkom today. According to him the allegations include racism remarks and general discrimination against learners.

Motsoeneng says he is joined by the deputy director of labour relations in the department, Thebogo Mokoena, to conduct the investigation. According to him the investigation could be completed within the next 30 days.

He says teaching at these schools is not affected as the department did put a plan in place to avoid any disruption.