Durban - The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) has weighed in on allegations of racism at Westville Girls’ High School, saying that educators with racist tendencies have no place in the classroom.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the union’s provincial chief executive officer for KwaZulu-Natal, Thirona Moodley, said that racist educators “had the power to influence young minds and undo the strides our democracy has made”.
The statement follows the outburst of teacher Danielle de Bruyn, who resigned on Monday after it was found that she used the derogatory “K” word while “debating” with pupils last week.
According to reports, De Bruyn used the popular novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” to highlight farm murders and land expropriation in South Africa and the land grabs that took place in Zimbabwe in the early 2000s. The book is set in a fictional town in 1930s Alabama and deals with racism in the so-called Deep South.
Moodley said it was unfortunate that educators, who were supposed to be “agents of democracy and the custodians of our children rights”, resorted to racism when delivering the curriculum.