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SAHRC investigating allegations of homophobic discrimination and hate speech at DF Malan High School

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SAHRC investigating allegations of homophobic discrimination and hate speech at DF Malan High School

10th June 2021

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The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has received numerous complaints from the public alleging that a group of LGBTI and GNC learners at the DF Malan High School were on 7 June 2021 subjected to homophobic discrimination and hate speech by fellow learners and staff of the school.

This incident is alleged to have occurred at the school during a demonstration in celebration of Pride Month. It is further alleged that the Principal, in response to the incident, has banned further gatherings of LGBTI and GNC students in support of Pride Month on school premises.

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The Commission is investigating these complaints and will be calling an urgent meeting with the Principal of DF Malan High School and the Western Cape Department of Education to discuss these allegations and determine a way forward that is in the best interests of the learners of the school.

Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission

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