Miss Laing does not conform to the codes of the Bantu Education Act, Act No 47 of 1953. We as an institution cannot provide the education required for a person of Miss Laing’s condition. Miss Laing requires a curriculum suited to the nature and requirements of the black people. Our level of teaching will ultimately provide Miss Laing with the knowledge and power to aspire to positions she cannot not legally hold in society.
As a coloured, it is in Miss Laing’s best interest that she remain classified coloured and rightfully removed from my college and attend a more suitable centre of learning where she will receive an education designed to provide her with skills to serve her own people in the homelands or to work in labouring jobs under whites. Miss Laing’s incongruous place not only within my school, but also within this society highlights a clear weakness in the apartheid structure. Have we as Afrikaners forgotten our roots? We are the natural and God-given inheritors of this land.
The Bantu are second-class citizens. To be black is to be dirt. We no longer live in a society ruled by Liberalism. This is not a case of xenophobia. This is a case of Mr and Mrs Laing, two whites, persistently challenging and trying to manipulate our government, our fore fathers. We live in a world of necessary, strict segregation. Lets not forget this hearing is a response to the threat Sandra poses to white society. Only just now we heard the statement, the definition of a white person is a person who is generally accepted as a white person.
Sandra Laing is not accepted as a white person. She is a coloured and therefore she was dismissed from Piet Retief College fairly and legally. Miss Laing has just fallen victim to her own genetics – to her black blood. Miss Laing’s family has defined her sense of self. Prior to attending Piet Retief College she was strategically removed from society. Sandra has had no reason to question the identity her parents have carefully constructed for her initially before unnaturally entering my classroom and misguiding vulnerable students into believing she is not black.
Sandra does not belong here. Her position within my institution juxtaposes our core teachings. We teach our students that on these plains were wild animals and savage-natured natives who were trying to take out land and that they couldn’t live together because they were different. However after class our students return to their dorms to sleep by the sides of a coloured. Our pupils are falling victim to Mr and Mrs Laing’s destructive action of sending their coloured child to a white school. Sandra belongs, if not among black people, then at least people who see beyond race.
Unfortunately that is not the great South Africa we live in today. Her sense of identity is not yet formed according to race, to which I blame the parents. She has only ever been taught to think she of herself as a reflection of her family and whites, and that misleading doll she parades around. I will be a dead man before Mr and Mrs Laing’s preconception of their daughter’s classification allow Miss Laing to re-enter my college. She is not one of us. There is not enough bleach in the world to make her blood white. She is not one of us. She is just a coloured.