31 January 2019
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in Gauteng welcomes the release of the South African Human Rights Commission report titled 'REPORT INTO THE INEQUALITY IN ELDORADOPARK AND SURROUNDING AREAS AND DISRUPTION AT KLIPSPRUIT WEST SECONDARY SCHOOL AND SURROUNDING SCHOOLS'.
The SAHRC is a Chapter 9 institution established by the Constitution of the Republic to promote and monitor the observance of human rights. It instituted an investigation into the disruption of schooling at Klipspruit West Secondary School and surrounding schools following the appointment of a black female principal at this school.
The report indicates that several education stakeholders (viz,GDE, NAPTOSA, SADTU) and community structures(viz, Patriots for Equality, Greater Eldorado Park United Civic Association and Greater Eldorado Business Forum) and individual members of the community and teachers made written and oral submissions in the course of the investigation.
The report indicates that the allegation that SADTU exerted undue influence on the appointment of the affected principal and that the recruitment process was flawed was baseless and meritless. The Commission has found that the appointed principal was rejected purely on the basis of her race,a determination the union made before the investigation contrary to the lies which were peddled in public by some racist elements who falsely claim to represent the Coloured community.
Furthermore, the Commission found that racism is not confined to Klipspruit West Secondary School. This manifested itself at Roodeport and Noordgesig Primary schools and is further corroborated by the current situation at Eldorado Park Secondary School where seven teachers are barred from returning to the school and the recent failed attempts to remove the black principal and two General workers at Kliptown Primary School to mention a few.
We implore the GDE to comply with the directives as articulated in the report in defence of our Constitution and also enforce the observance of the South African Schools Act which declares it mandatory to combat racism in our schools as well as the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.
Further, we call on all stakeholders to work together to uproot racism, including the return of seven teachers to their school in the interest of our children and broader society.
Tseliso Ledimo - Provincial Secretary-0824594737
Dudu Nkosi - Deputy Provincial Secretary-0824594743