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Johannesburg - Hundreds of South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) members have been withdrawn from dozens of schools in Eldorado Park, forcing the closure of several schools in the area. 

This follows an announcement by the union's Gauteng branch on Thursday that it would withdraw its members from 30 schools over racism allegations. 

This has amounted to 324 teachers being withdrawn from the schools. 

According to reports, the union also accused the Gauteng Department of Education of failing to address black teachers' issues.

Sadtu's dramatic move comes in the midst of mounting racial tension at Klipspruit West Secondary High School. 

The school made headlines after a racial protest erupted over the hiring of a black principal in July. It is believed that the largely coloured community wanted a coloured candidate to take over as principal.

Following this, reports emerged that three teachers and a general worker were barred from entering the school. Soon afterwards, 11 teachers staged a walkout at the school over allegations of misconduct. 

The conflict also exposed racial tensions among black and coloured teachers.

* This is a developing story