Last week’s confrontation also prompted condemnation from Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schafer, who confirmed her department would investigate “to establish the full facts of the matter”.

“I am deeply concerned by the allegations of discrimination against LGBTQI+ pupils at DF Malan High School,” Schafer said.

“Such behaviour has absolutely no place in our schools.

“We will work with the school to ensure such incidents are not repeated in future. The department is committed to ensuring our schools are inclusive spaces, where values of equality and non-discrimination are upheld. We expect our schools to take active steps to promote such an environment,” she said.

The incident prompted outrage on social media and a petition in support of the pride pupils.  

The father of one the affected pupils also spoke out this week, slamming the school for targeting the pride pupils instead of pupils who had spewed verbal abuse and homophobia.

He said school management had implicitly condoned homophobic views by banning pro-pride sentiments and failing to discipline homophobic students.

“There needs to be a programme to educate people, to bring this out into the open,” said the parent, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of inviting further verbal abuse of his child.

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