A black teacher has been appointed deputy principal of troubled Vryburg High School in the North West Province, which has been plagued by racial tension since 1996, SABC radio news reported on Tuesday.

Barry Funeni, who works at Letsatsing High school in Mafikeng, has been a teacher for nearly 20 years and is fluent in Afrikaans.

He represents the province at the South African Council for Educators.

Funeni is expected to assume his new post on Monday.

The appointment comes on the recommendation of a task team appointed to soothe racial clashes at the school, set up by North West education MEC, Zachariah Tolo.

The recommendation was strongly resisted by the school's governing body.

Thirteen white parents from the school are to appear in court in September on charges of public violence for allegedly assaulting black pupils.

In February, Andrew Babeile, a black pupil, was transferred from Vryburg High to another school after he allegedly stabbed a white pupil in the neck with a pair of scissors. - Sapa