'Racist' South African school tells students to straighten afros

  • 31/08/2016

Protests have been held at a high school in South Africa over claims of racism against black students.

Pupils at the Pretoria High School for Girls say they have been told they must not speak African languages and they must chemically straighten "afro" hairstyles - because they're "untidy".

An online petition in support of the students has gained more than 10,000 signatures.

The local minister for education is said to be meeting with senior staff at the college.

The protesters turned away motorists driving past the school and threw paving bricks on the road.

Police moved in to block off the road to prevent motorists from using it.