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Lesufi meets Hoërskool Jan Viljoen parents today

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is meeting with the parents of Hoërskool Jan Viljoen this afternoon, after postponing a meeting scheduled earlier this week.

On Thursday, Randfontein Herald reported parents clash as they wait for Lesufi to speak to them. Lesufi was late for the meeting and spoke only briefly with the parents before moving the appointment to Sunday.

“The meeting with parents of Hoërskool Jan Viljoen, which was to take place on Thursday, February 17, could not take place due to rain, so the MEC has moved the meeting to Sunday, February 20, 4:00 PM,” acting Gauteng education spokesperson for the department Oupa Bodibe told: Randfontein Herald

The purpose of Sunday’s meeting is to update parents on the progress of the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) investigation into allegations of racism and sexual harassment, and to listen to their concerns.

ALSO READ: WATCH: SAHRC investigates Hoërskool Jan Viljoen incident after alleged racial quarrel

Employee suspended

During Lesufi’s short speech on Thursday, it emerged that a school staff member employed by the student council had been suspended over allegations of sexual harassment.

Lesufi also confirmed that the SAHRC had already begun investigating the numerous allegations of racism and sex crimes at the school.

The investigation comes after a fight broke out between two groups of students earlier this month.

Randfontein Police Spokesperson Sergeant Carmen Hendricks told Randfontein Herald the altercation was caused by a group playing music while another told them they were making noise. A fight then broke out.

While no injuries were reported, the altercation is believed to have been racially motivated.

The incident prompted Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi to visit the school the following Monday for a “research mission”.

On the day Lesufi first visited the school, the situation was reported as “volatile”, with students having to be dispersed around the school with water cannons, while the school gates had to be locked to protect parents, political parties, private security and civil society. organizations out.

After meeting the school, Lesufi confirmed all the evidence in the form of WhatsApp messages from students and parents had been turned over to the police and the SAHRC.

when Lesufic addressed students From the school, disturbing stories emerged of alleged racism, with black students saying they were being treated unfairly by both white students and teachers.

In addition, young girls expressed that they did not feel safe at school.

Updates on today’s meeting will follow as more information becomes available.

Edited by Nica Richards. Original reporting by Caxton publication Randfontein Herald’s Tumi Riba and Michelle Roodt. Read the original articles here and here

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