Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke incident sparks memories of two similar school racism sagas

In 2016, people took to social media to speak up against the Koetjes en Kalfjes Heritage Hill Campus nursery school after an upset mother took to Facebook to share an image that clearly had racial connotations attached to it.

~ The South African

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