13 February 2024
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Gauteng is deeply disturbed by the reports of alleged racism by a teacher at Curro Academy Protea Glen in Soweto. According to media reports, the teacher is accused of referring to three black learners as monkeys, purportedly in response to disruptive behaviour in the classroom.
COSATU Gauteng unequivocally condemns any form of racism, discrimination, or derogatory language, particularly within an educational institution. Such behaviour not only violates the principles of equality and human dignity but also undermines the values that should be instilled in our children through the education system.
We commend Curro Holdings for taking swift action by suspending the teacher pending an investigation into the matter. It is crucial that the investigation is transparent, impartial, and that appropriate disciplinary measures are taken if the allegations are substantiated.
Whilst we appreciate steps taken by Curro, we blame the sluggish government economic policies that are failing to transform society and eradicate our racially skewed levels of employment, income, poverty and inequality. If society is not economically transformed, then racism imposed by a wealthy elite will never stop.
COSATU Gauteng calls on the Department of Education to monitor the investigation closely and ensure that it is conducted in accordance with the law and also urges Curro Academy Protea Glen to engage with the affected learners and their parents, providing the necessary support to address the emotional impact of the incident.
We further call on all stakeholders, including educators and learners, to actively contribute to creating an environment that fosters tolerance, respect, and appreciation for our diverse society. Racism has no place in our schools, and we must collectively work towards building an education system that upholds the values of equality, unity, and justice.
The Federation will continue to monitor developments in this matter and remains committed to promoting a just and equal society for all.
Issued by COSATU Gauteng
Provincial Chairperson (Amos Monyela): 079 493 5002
Provincial Secretary (Louisah Modikwe): 066 182 2402 / 082 297 2659