Curro Holdings on Tuesday confirmed the suspension of an educator in its employ, Tlou Molele, pending an internal investigation into alleged postings on social media referring to white people as a ‘genetic error called mutation’ earlier this month.
Molele, an educator at Northern Academy Secondary School allegedly posted his comment on the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Facebook page in response to the ongoing #FeesMustFall campaign.
Curro Executive Head: Marketing and Communications Mari Lategan said: “Curro views the content of the postings and the behaviour of this individual in a most serious light as social media activity, within Curro, is governed by a comprehensive internal policy which states that all persons using social media platforms made available on Curro information systems and its website, shall adhere to the policy,”
Lategan confirmed Molele’ suspension saying that it was done with immediate effect pending an internal investigation. “Appropriate internal processes have been set in motion. The investigation will be conducted in line with our policies and procedures which are grounded in South African legislation and are monitored by our Human Resources department,” she said. Because of the disciplinary process she could not comment further.
Molele’s posting reportedly read as follows: “If it wasn’t for this generic error called mutation, the white f****s would have never existed. You are the original Mother f****s. We would not be in protest and s**t like this if you white f****s went back to your native lands. Do you even have a place of origin…?”
It was further reported that Molele allegedly commented that he would not have any objection to the burning of white managed buildings and that white opinions no longer mattered.
This is the second time this year Northern Academy makes headlines. In May a planned march by members of South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) against alleged racism and unfair treatment of workers was suspended after successful engagement between the union and Curro Holdings.
Polokwane Observer at the time reported that while Sadtu was expected to stage its protest learners of the school’s new campus on the Modjadjiskloof road had engaged in a two-day stay away because of an alleged shortage of water at the hostel.
Story: RC Myburgh