'Segregated' classroom photo sparks race row in South Africa

'Segregated' classroom photo sparks race row in South Africa

A picture, which has since gone viral, shows a group of white pupils at the school sitting together while their four black classmates sit at a small table near the door.

According to the mother, she dropped of her child at school and around 9am, the teacher posted a photo of the grade R classroom on WhatsApp to give the parents an update on their kids.

Reports have now surfaced that parents have removed their children at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.

An image circulating on social media which shows black and white children seated at separate tables, apparently at Laerskool Schweizer Reneke.

The "barbaric" image from South Africa is a horrific reminder of the country's Apartheid past of racial segregation and oppression.

"This was meant to be an exciting day for me, but it's not", she said.

A meeting between the education department, the school and the community was still ongoing at 12:00 on Thursday.

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Image copyright. Image caption After a backlash from parents the school reportedly shared this picture of the children sitting in integrated groups What has the response been?

"All I saw was messages from the white parents saying "dankie, dankie" ['thank you, thank you' on the WhatsApp group] but no one was saying anything about the separation of the learners", said the fuming mother.

"We are still very busy", he said.

"Rather what becomes painful is that there are black people who still insist that racism has ended and who think that blacks and whites can have peaceful relations that do not have undertones of racism".

"This is impossible so long as white people have power, what therefore is needed is to change the existing power dynamics such that black people can have dignity".

North West Education MEC Sello Lehare says the school's explanation is that the children were separated on the basis of language.

The removal appears to be as a result of fears surrounding safety, amid protests gathering momentum outside the school which appear to be led by EFF members.

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