School controversy: Limpopo teacher suspended for alleged ‘K-word’ rant

Students at a school in Limpopo have been protesting vehemently this week, after one of their teachers allegedly used the K-word to belittle some learners. It’s understood that the educator has now been suspended, pending a disciplinary hearing at the Hoerskool Nylstroom.

Limpopo learners fire back in K-word row

Several learners had taken to social media, asking the EFF to intervene at the school. The teacher in question is also accused of using racist language on previous occasions, with some pupils claiming that he called them ‘baboons’.

This whole ugly incident sparked a wave of dissent at Hoerskool Nylstroom, as scores of children stormed out of class and made their own banners to further highlight their grievances.

Watch: Hoerskool Nylstroom students protest against allegedly ‘racist teacher’

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One of our teachers at school called us kafers and baboons and now they called the police on us. Our school is at it again and it’s not the first time @EFFSouthAfrica @MbuyiseniNdlozi @Julius_S_Malema

— Sindiswa Chauke (@sindiswa_chauke) January 20, 2022

Here is the protest of the school after the principal refer to black learners as “kaffers” “baboons”

— miss ami_rra (@SarahMmodel) January 20, 2022

The situation @Hoerskool Nylstroom. A teacher called black learners “kaffirs” and “baboons”.

— Dr Daniel Marven (PhD) (@danielmarven) January 20, 2022

K-word controversy in Limpopo

Frans Kgole is the Regional Secretary for the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) in Waterberg, Limpopo. He confirmed via a statement that the teacher who supposedly used the K-word is set for a disciplinary hearing. Kgole was also quick to praise other school officials for their cooperation:

“COSAS in the Waterberg region has noted with disappointment the racist and inhuman utterances by an educator at Hoerskool Nylstroom. The educator has more than once called black learners [the K-word] and baboons.”

“The Regional Secretary of COSAS and Members of the ANCYL have confronted this matter through the Principal and School Governing Body .The accused teacher is served with immediate suspension to allow disciplinary proceedings to take place. We appreciate the co-operation of the headteacher, and from the SGB.”

COSAS statement

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