Schweizer-Reneke’s ‘sacrificial lamb’ teacher told of her suspension a minute before official announcement


The first that Laërskool Schweizer-Reneke grade R teacher Elana Barkhuizen – who is at the centre of South Africa’s latest racial furore – knew of her suspension was a telephone call from her principal. Exactly a minute later, North West Education MEC Sello Lehari announced to the country that she had been suspended.

Barkhuizen, who has taught at the school for two years, was suspended last week Wednesday after photographs she took showing four black children sitting apart from their white classmates, in another grade R teacher’s class, went viral on social media.

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