South African Students Protest Racist Ban On African Hairstyles At Girls’ School...

South African Students Protest Racist Ban On African Hairstyles At Girls’ School (PHOTOS)

By Ogala Osoka | Staff Reporter on August 30, 2016
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A student protests the hair policy at Pretoria Girls High. | Twitter/@lennoxbacela

A South African school has been accused of racism as students report that the school rules forbid African hairstyles such as bantu knots, dreadlocks, Afro and braids.

Pupils at Pretoria Girls High School have accused the school for allegedly forcing students to apply chemicals to straighten their hair.

According to the News24, the school views African hairstyles like Afro as untidy and unfit for students.

The students have held a protest over the weekend, taking to the streets to demonstrate their demonstration against the school rules.

MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, visited the school on Monday, August 29, 2016, saying he was disappointed.

Adding that a decision would be made on the future of the school after the School Governing  body had met.

However, according to BBC, the school rules which does not specifically mention Afro hairstyle and also banned students from speaking vernacular has been criticized by Nathi Mthethwa, the Art and Culture minister.

The minister who took to twitter to express his dissatisfaction had said that it was unacceptable to ban students from speaking African language at school.

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party, also expressed his displeasure via Twitter:

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