education90TimesLIVE reports that according to Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, “appropriate action” will be taken against a teacher who was caught on video roughly combing a pupil’s hair.

In the video, apparently taken at Fundulwazi Secondary School in Sedibeng West, the woman can be seen making a row of boys line up to have their natural hair combed before entering the school gates. In the background, pupils can be heard disagreeing with the teacher’s style of combing. Lesufi reportedly said his department was reviewing a report into the incident and action will be taken depending on the outcome. He advised: “We are not opposed to any form of discipline, but if it involves public humiliation, it needs to be treated carefully. I am going through the report. We want to know whether the parents were involved, what was their response, whether the pupil was warned before and what was the response of the pupil.” EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi also weighed in about the video and said the act was “child abuse, black self-hate and definitively illegal”. Ndlozi added: “This woman must be found and put to the book. You can’t teach kids to hate their hair. No! Her treatment of black hair is the same as that of white racists who tell black kids to remove or hide their Afros.”

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