Curro: A timeline of alleged racism

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in a classroom at a Curro School (Theana Breugem/Gallo Images/Foto24)

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in a classroom at a Curro School (Theana Breugem/Gallo Images/Foto24)

The Curro group of private schools is facing backlash over fresh allegations of racism at its preschool in Waterfall, Gauteng. The school has denied the racism allegations, saying over the weekend that an independent investigation has cleared it of discrimination.

But, the Waterfall preschool isn’t the first school in the Curro group to be embroiled in a race row.

In 2015, parents brought a Curro school in the Northern Cape to a standstill during a protest against alleged racism at the school. Similar allegations have been made in Roodeplaat, where there were two separate investigations into racism within a span of just four months.

While Curro has consistently denied that it endorses racist policies, it is still reckoning with a recent history of serious accusations of discrimination. 

Ra'eesa Pather

Ra'eesa Pather

Ra’eesa Pather is a general news journalist with the Mail & Guardian’s online team. She cut her teeth at The Daily Vox in Cape Town before moving to Johannesburg and joining the M&G. She's written about memory, race and gender in columns and features, and has dabbled in photography. Read more from Ra'eesa Pather

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