A white South African music teacher is facing racism charges after allegedly taunting a young Hindu boy for the past three years over a red string worn by the student for religious reasons.
Sybil Jordaan, the teacher, is facing racism charges from the education authorities and the South African Human Rights Commission. She will have to answer to claims that she made racist and religiously intolerant remarks to the pupil, now nine, who may not be named under South African law.
The boy’s parents laid the charges after learning of the abuse that their child had reportedly suffered at the hands of the teacher only after he deliberately jammed his hand in a car door to avoid having to attend school.
The parents claimed that the principal of the school, who is Jordaan’s husband, did not resolve the matter satisfactorily when the parents first complained to him in 2010 about the racial remarks made to the child.
But now the provincial education department has confirmed that the notice has been served on Jordaan to respond within three days with a report on why she should not be suspended.