Racial tension remains high in the small farming town of Schweizer-Reneke in the North West.Many black and white people remain divided after an image went viral on Wednesday, depicting black Grade R pupils seated apart from their white peers at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.
On Thursday, photos emerged, seemingly from the same set, and they showed the pupils sitting together.However, before that, a group of protesters - mainly Economic Freedom Fighters members - converged on the school as North West Education MEC Sello Lehari conducted an inspection.Teaching was disrupted and parents fetched their children after school officials advised them to do so.
Later in the morning, Lehari announced that the teacher of the Grade R class had been suspended.READ: Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher suspended over race controversyThe tension in the town continued to play out in common interactions on Friday morning.Several parents approached journalists outside the school, demanding to know what they were doing in their town.
"Who called you here? What are you doing in our town?" asked Esmé Venter.Another resident, John van Wyk, quickly jumped to the defence of the reporters, saying they were in town to do their jobs."They are South Africans and can work anywhere in the country.
They were called by us black parents to show what kind of town we are living in," he said.