Daily Archives: September 1, 2016


South African High School Suspends Policy Against Afro Textured Hair

The protests of black students from Pretoria High School For Girls in South Africa received world-wide support, with many drawing attention to the cause on Twitter.  It became a trending topic; with the hashtag: #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh . The students were protesting the school’s code of conduct in relation to hairstyles. Check out the story and the code of conduct here. The protests took place at the School’s annual fair on the 27th of August, and sparked debate about racism at the school. The students claimed the policy discriminated against them for wearing their natural, Afro textured hair. They also claimed to have faced derogatory remarks from teachers and, no support from the school in addressing these matters. Pretoria High School has since suspended the hair policy after pressure from government ministers and the Board of Education in Gauteng SA.  A twenty-one day investigation into the school’s hair policy was ordered by Education Minister Panyaza Lesufi.  In a statement released August 30th on their facebook page, they stated that the policy should be suspended while a new and improved one is created.