Limpopo school under fire over racist remark on toilet wall

A school in Groblersdal has caused a stir over an overtly racist remark written on the wall of one of its toilet stalls.
Hoërskool Ben Viljoen has since removed the remark.
A screenshot of what is claimed to be the message was widely distributed on social media, causing outrage.
A school in Groblersdal, Limpopo, has caused a stir over an overtly racist written on the wall of one of its toilet stalls.

Hoërskool Ben Viljoen has issued a statement condemning the incident and it has vowed to find the perpetrator/s and bring them to book.

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A screenshot of what is claimed to be the remark has been distributed on social media. It seemingly read: “Of course Black Lives Matter a Dead slave is useless (sic).”

John Smith, deputy principal of the school, would not confirm nor deny the authenticity of the screenshot.

Smith told News24 that the school was consulting the provincial education department about the matter and said he was not prepared to comment beyond what the school had written in its statement, which was posted on Facebook.

In the statement, the school said it had become aware that someone had written a “comment with a negative connotation” on the wall of one of its toilet booths in the boys’ cloak room.

“It was removed immediately,” the school said in the statement.

“The incident is regarded as very serious and therefore an investigation has already been started. We hope to identify the perpetrator soon and take disciplinary action.”

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The school apologised to members of the school community “who have been offended by the incident”.


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