The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) released a statement calling for the immediate suspension of Vredenburg Primary School principal Andre Muller “for denying a student access because of his hair”.
The statement which was released on Thursday 18 February said that a second-year student from Stellenbosch University was denied an opportunity to observe a class at Vredenburg Primary School in the Saldanah Bay municipality by the principal of the school because of his hair.
“It is alleged that Muller repeatedly reminded the student that he is not welcomed into ‘his’ school with that kind of hair as he would set a bad example for the students,” the EFF Western Cape said in the statement.
Adding that when asked by a journalist about the incident Muller replied, “My skool is nie die Boswell Wilkie-sirkus nie”. (Translation: “My school isn’t the Boswell Wilkie-circus”.)
“It is extremely dehumanising that Muller reduces this African child to an animal amusement at a Boswell Circus. No Black or coloured child should suffer such humiliation in the manner that Muller has humiliated him,” the EFF said.
The party called for Western Cape MEC for Education, Debbie Schaffer to immediately suspend Muller and for a full investigation “into the climate and culture of the school”.
EFF Western Cape calls for the immediate suspension of Andre Muller for denying a student access on the basis of his hair. @EFFSouthAfrica @Julius_S_Malema @DlaminiMarshall @DebbieSchafer @alanwinde @WesternCapeGov pic.twitter.com/Lv1ZOw0Jxd
— EFF_Western Cape (@EFFWesternCape_) February 19, 2021