Race war at Parys Afrikaans High?

28 October 2010 – In unconfirmed reports, the website of the Afrikaner Volks Party claims that long-simmering racial tensions amongst the pupils at Parys Afrikaans High School in the Free State burst into the open on Thursday in a massive outbreak of physical violence. The majority of the 500 pupils are blacks. The fracas started when some 50 black and white pupils confronted each other in a violent fisticuffs during a break at the schoolgrounds – and teachers were reportedly too terrified to interfere.

Parys Afrikaans High School publicity pic  Just outside the schoolgate, black female pupils also reportedly organised attack groups – it was alleged that they first handed out scissors amongst themselves –  and then started surrounding and threatening to kill lone Afrikaans classmates who were chased down by the girls in the schoolgrounds and outside the gates. The Afrikaans parents reportedly rushed to remove their children, fearing for their lives, reports the party-political website.

A parent-teacher association member also was reported as saying that the Afrikaans High School was ‘a vulcano which is beginning to spew red-hot lava’. Our attempts to obtain independent confirmation have not yet been successful although we did receive numerous emails from parents and pupils about these events.

Fearful teachers and pupils reportedly ‘could only look on while white and black pupils engaged in hand-to-hand combat on the schoolgrounds’. It allegedly started when five black pupils jumped on one white Afrikaans pupil at the schoolgrounds and tried to assault him. Shortly afterwards a group of black female pupils – armed with scissors –  formed a threatening ring around another Afrikaner Grade-Eight pupil. Allegedly one teacher was threatened: she had ordered a black male pupil – who was allegedly organising these events from a classroom via his cellphone —  to hand her the phone. He threatened her physically and the teacher was forced to leave.

The tension is expected to continue today because an internal hearing is taking place of a black youth, accused of assaulting an Afrikaans girl. Afrikaner parents say that their children’s safety can no longer be guaranteed at any school:  “The forced racial-integration policies which the government is forcing on our Afrikaans-language schools  are clearly not working,’ said some parents – too fearful to be identified. htp://www.afrikanervolksparty.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4210%3A-hoerskool-parys-in-rasse-oorlog&catid=42%3Aonderwys&Itemid=146&lang=en

Parys school contacts: Tel 056-811 3472  head: Mr L van Zyl or deputy head Mnr. P. Fouché skool@parys.co.za

Face book page Parys Hoërskool: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=129499107064332

The most recent newsletter of Parys Hoërskool makes no mention of such problems, however: http://www.parys.co.za/skool/patrysie/1van2010.pdf

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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