Don’t touch our hair, EFF slams policing of black learners’ hair

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EFF members have called for an end to the policing of black children’s hair.

This after Andries Booysen, the man accused of assaulting a Crowthorne Christian Academy pupil and her mother, was released on R2 000 bail on Thursday.

It’s understood an altercation ensued after the 13-year-old had been barred from attending class over her dreadlock hairstyle.

Booyseen has been charged with at least two count of assaults, with his next court appearance expected in October.

While crowds waited for him outside, the suspect was shielded by the police and escorted out through a back entrance.

Tylin Gcabashe’s mother says began as an ordinary school day for her little girl, turned into an never-ending nightmare.

She says they’ve been left physically and emotionally scarred after they were forcibly removed from the school premises.

She had been called in over her daughter’s violation of the school’s code of conduct, which apparently doesn’t allow dreadlocks.

Tylin’s mom believes that Booysen’s release is a travesty for justice.

The incident has brought the debate on the policing of black people’s hair back into the spotlight, leading to demonstrators vowing to intensify their protest action.

They’ve slammed the schools code of conduct for deliberately not accommodating black children, in a country where black people are the majority.

Members of the EFF will be heading to Eskom Megawatt Park today, where Booysen is understood to be working.

The incident has brought back memories Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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