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Peaceful protests by both parents and student groups were held outside Cornwall Hill College In Irene, Pretoria, on Monday. This follows racist allegations reported by students.

Recent reports surfaced of students accusing teachers of treating the black students differently because of their hair.

SABC News reports that the protesters want the school board and staff complement to be transformed as well as the hair policy of the school.

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, visited the school on Monday morning and met with the management team of the private school.

He addressed the students and some of the teachers while he was there.

"The racism stops here. I want to thank the parents for standing on the side of their children. I want to thank the leadership of the school for accepting that something is not right.

"Stop this obsession of the hair of our children. We are all human beings and all of us deserve to be happy. We want to enter this school and build a SA that all of us can be proud of."

Since the protests, Cornwall Hill College has publicly apologised to pupils for the slow pace of transformation, and the school has promised to work harder to be more inclusive, reports EWN.

Image credit: EWN

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