UPDATE: We're not racist: PTA crèche with separate concerts

Pretoria, 24 November - A Pretoria crèche is scrambling to explain itself after it held two separate concerts for black and white children. Video: eNCA
  • Editor's note: This article has been updated with new information.

JOHANNESBURG - The owner of a Pretoria crèche told eNCA on Monday that allegations of racism at the school are not true.

The crèche is scrambling to explain itself after it was alleged to have held two separate concerts for black and white children.

"It's not that serious ... we didn't do anything wrong intentionally," crèche owner Johan Badenhorst told eNCA.

"I'm not a racist; I will never be a racist and racism won't be tolerated here," he added.

The crèche was originally an English-only medium school until it added two extra groups for Afrikaans-speaking children in 2014.

The 30 children in the newer groups have their own play area, eating and sleeping in designated classes.

eNCA understands that the English speaking groups comprise mostly black children, while the separate Afrikaans speaking groups comprise white children.

As such, the two separate concerts held were based on langauge and not on race.

However, parents will meet with Mini-Me Academy management on Thursday to discuss what they perceive to be racism arising from this segregation.

Some parents claim the concert was just one of many incidents of racism at the school.

According to officials, the addition of Afrikaans-only  groups at the crèche was merely a business decision to boost dwindling Afrikaans pupil numbers.

Parents are not convinced.

* For more on this story, watch the video report by Lirandzu Themba in the gallery above.


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