South African high school racism case resolved

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A racism case between two Cape Town school children has been resolved after months of legal wrangling in a South African court here.
Criminal charges against a white woman, Tina Ferreira, her 17-year-old daughter and the girl's boyfriend were withdrawn after the Equality Court convicted and sentenced them.
The three were to appear in the Goodwood Magistrates Court on Tuesday on charges of assault and crimen injuria.
The assault and racial remarks on fellow pupil Nosipho Mkhize happened last year outside of the premises of the Edgemead High School.
"This brings a satisfactory ending to a traumatic saga involving two school children.
Racism can never be tolerated and no school child should be subjected to this kind of emotional trauma.
Fortunately, wisdom has prevailed.
"Justice has run its course, and I am happy that the Mkhize family has supported the path of restorative justice, thus settling the matter and continuing with their lives.
It is important for Nosipho to concentrate fully on her education," said Western Cape Education Minister Cameron Dugmore.
He said the Ferreira family displayed courage and maturity in admitting guilt and apologising.
"Like Nosipho, their daughter must also be occupied with her schoolbooks instead of being in courts.
We are determined to stamp out racism wherever it rears its head.
"This includes subtle practices - ranging from admission policies, which in effect reduces the number of African and Coloured learners from certain schools; lack of representivity in teaching staff; unwillingness of schools to compete against others in sporting and cultural activities -these are all challenges we will confront head on," Dugmore added.

07 july 2004 09:01:00

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