South African Teacher Suspended Over Racist Picture Wins Court Battle
The South African Teacher ‘Elana Barkhuizen’ who was Suspended Over Racist Picture has won her Labour Court challenge and had her suspension lifted, according to Times Live
North West education MEC Sello Lehari’s decision to suspend Barkhuizen was found to be flawed and the court ordered her to return to work on Friday.
The teacher welcomed the ruling, saying: “For every step, for every day for every part of this journey. I don’t know how to thank everyone … Justice was done”.
Trade union Solidarity spoke on ruling, saying: “We will have discussions with the governing body this afternoon as to when she will be back at work.”
Elana Barkhuizen’s suspension came after a photograph appeared to show black children sitting separately from white children in a classroom, sparking a storm of racism accusations.
The pupils were attending their first day at the Schweizer-Reneke school in North West province when the teacher took a photograph to send to anxious parents.
It rapidly spread on social media as it showed about 17 white children sitting around a large table, with four black children around a small corner table in the background.