In the latest shocking news from the South African school sports scene, Griqualand West Rugby Union released a statement regarding the incident at Daniëlskuil High School in the Northern Cape.
“At this point, the situation is under investigation and GWRU will act accordingly once the investigation is complete,” a statement read.
School sport has seen a number of controversies this month
This latest story comes just 72 hours after the annual derby day between Michaelhouse and St John’s College was canceled following an alleged racial slur. it is reported that a Michaelhouse first-team hockey player allegedly used a racial slur against a St. John’s College opponent in a match between the prestigious schools on Friday night.
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St John’s College is based at Houghton Estate in Johannesburg, while Michaelhouse is one of the most prestigious private schools in KwaZulu-Natal. The Michaelhouse student in question has apparently been suspended on bail
A statement confirmed the derby day’s cancellation, with schools agreeing it was not appropriate to continue.
‘There was an allegation that towards the end of the First XI hockey game between St John’s College and Michaelhouse last night (Friday) a racial slur was uttered by a Michaelhouse player at a St John’s player’ , the statement said.
“Michaelhouse and St John’s are united in condemning all forms of racism and discriminatory behavior and Michaelhouse, following its procedures, immediately implemented a precautionary suspension in respect of the boy suspected of uttering racial slurs, in awaiting a formal disciplinary hearing.
“In these circumstances, the directors of both schools have agreed that it is not appropriate for the further hockey and rugby matches scheduled for today, Saturday 28th June (28th May), to take place and we have canceled our met.”
This latest explosive news also came just days after parents and students at Wynberg Boys’ High School were left furious at some students of Diocesan College of Bishops would have taken to throwing coins at their opponents’ supporters after losing a rugby match.
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The incident apparently happened during a rugby match at Bishops Diocesan College on Saturday and was part of the Wynberg Boys’ High School Derby series.
A parent said around 50 R2 coins fell on Wynberg students in what appeared to be a classist act of demonstration of who had the most money.
“My son is a little too outspoken and told them to stop throwing dad’s money away and then was happy to take R6. Incidentally, my son is black, and honestly that could be considered racist too,” she said.
“I’m quite shocked. I find it outrageous that the school lets them get away with it. It smacks of elitism and a sense of superiority that kids this age shouldn’t feel.
Annual tuition at Bishops is said to be around R170,000, while tuition at Wynberg Boys is over R50,000 per year.
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Meanwhile, in early May, a parent had to be restrained after catching a schoolboy during an under-16 schoolboy game between Northwood High and Kearsney College.
The man was filmed grabbing a black Kearsney College prop from behind, before players intervened.
A mass fight ensued as other players joined in and the man, believed to be the parent of one of the Northwood High players, was restrained by other parents, players and spectators .
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It appears the man first approached the referee – who can be seen walking away from him – angry at the referee’s decisions on the pitch which resulted in the loss of the his son’s team.
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