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By unknown | Dec 12, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

A year-end party for children in Alberton ended with allegations of racism .

Angry parents allege their children were discriminated against when the management of Alberton Methodist Care and Relief Enterprise, a nongovernmental organisation in Ekurhuleni, invited too many children to the party.

They claim black children received inferiorgifts and were sent home unsupervised once publicity photographs had been taken.

But Percy Howroyd, the centre's manager, denies the allegations, saying all children were treated fairly and equally.

"An embarrassment happened that day when too many kids were invited, but we made the best of the situation and have since apologised to the parents."

Parents in the community have accused Amcare of using their children to get funds to benefit coloured and white children only.

The children were allegedly told to go home after having their faces painted, a group picture taken and given a pizza to share.

The picture appeared in a local community newspaper portraying a happy day out for everyone, which was not the case, community members said.

Thembi Nuqulunga, one of the parents, said: "It was heartbreaking to see my four-year-old boy walking home.

"It was irresponsible of them and dangerous for the little ones who were without adult supervision."

Beauty Qhalo, whose three-year-old niece was in the group, said parents wanted to accompany their children but were turned away and told the children would be safe.


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