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"The kids were quite unsettled, you must realise they were five years old on their first day at school, and she grouped them in a way she thought would settle them quickly and comfort them", he said.

The department said the teacher had been suspended with immediate effect.

Wednesday was supposed to be a joyful occasion for parents as their children started the new school year.

An image circulating on social media which shows black and white children seated at separate tables at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.

The image from Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke kindergarten in the north west of the country shows a group of 18 white pupils in the foreground.

An image was widely circulated online showing black and white pupils sitting at separate tables in a grade R classroom this week.

"I will send a team to do an investigation into all schools.to deal with issues of racism in totality", Lehari said.

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Sello Lehare, the education minister for the North West province, said the school's explanation was that "the learners were separated according to those who could understand Afrikaans and English". The principal, however, said she knew nothing about the seating arrangement, according to TimesLIVE.

What happened at the school?

One concerned mother told the publication that she and other parents dropped their children off before being asked to leave at around 9am.

Dozens of people converged on the school to protest against what they saw as racial segregation.

Earlier, parents removed their children from the school and tensions were high as EFF members gathered outside the school. We can not allow the future of the children to be a risk because of a racist agenda.

In the video below, shared by Eyewitness News, you can see the children hop off the bus, However, it is the teachers who group them based on who is white and who is black. "Now they want to make this as if its racism, everyone just wants to make white people racists, we are not racists, we just want what was best for our children", the parent said. They own everything in this town including public schools. "If they are not happy‚ let them take their children there".

The school's governing body chairperson Jozeph du Plessis also released a statement saying the image was not a true reflection of the school ethos and that it was only a reflection of a "single moment in a classroom".

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