Allegations were also made that the head girl did not attend “because no pupils of colour were attending”.
According to the report, the head girl and head boy were invited, "but did not attend as they had other plans on that day and were organising their own farewell functions".
"Four teachers were invited in their personal capacities as they had close personal links to the organising parent. The school was aware the event was happening, but the school and the organisers regarded it as a private event."
Schäfer said: “The evidence is thus that invitations were circulated to all matric classes. There is no evidence people were excluded based on their race. There are also no grounds to take action against teachers who attended the private event.”
However, she said the incident had highlighted other incidents of racial tensions which the school acknowledged. The school had and will take steps to address this, including:
- the formation of a diversity committee after allegations of racist behaviour by some individuals, which will be fast-tracked after being interrupted due to Covid-19;
- the school governing body will consider whether a policy needs to be adopted to address issues brought to the fore by the uproar around the matric event;
- creating structures to allow more feedback from parents; and
- planning activities to improve pupil leadership and relations between pupils of different backgrounds.
“In addition to this, the district will also arrange diversity workshops facilitated by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation for all the staff at the school,” said Schäfer.