Following protests and allegations of racism, an investigation by the Western Cape Education Department found that Sans Souci Girls’ High School in Cape Town allowed a number of ‘discriminating practices’. In September 2016, students complained that the school has racist hair policies and that they are treated badly for speaking isiXhosa. ‘I think it should be allowed for you to speak another language. A lot of the time it’s not allowed and you will go to detention or you’ll get a demerit because of the fact you speak a different language other than English,’ said one student in a report.

The matter was later reviewed by the WCED. On Wednesday the department stated, ‘The investigation found that a number of discriminating practices gave rise to understandable unhappiness among learners and steps have already been taken to remedy these.’ And added that a ‘number of unacceptable practices were identified which require revision and correction’.