Grosvenor Girls principal

Grosvenor Girls High School in Durban. Image via:

KZN school investigated after learners were called ‘monkeys’, ‘taxi queens’ and ‘black sluts’

KZN principal Linda Jorgensen from Grosvenor Girls’ High School suspended after racism claims by parents and pupils.

Grosvenor Girls principal

Grosvenor Girls High School in Durban. Image via:

The principal of KZN school Grosvenor Girls’ High School, Linda Jorgensen, has been placed on precautionary suspension after she allegedly called learners ‘monkeys’.


The spotlight was firmly set on Jorgensen the principal of the all-girls high school. The learners accused the principal of racial discrimination who made reference to their hair. They additionally accused Jorgensen of discriminatory slurs.

The angry learners took to the streets outside the Grosvenor Girls’ High School in February to protest against a school that allegedly treats black and coloured girls unfairly. They alleged that racism was an ongoing issue at the school.

Parents shortly followed suit and joined their children who demanded change as well as the removal of the principal.

However, they were reassured that they could voice their opinions and experiences.


An independent panel was established to guide the KZN education department on the matter.

Muzi Mahlambi, the spokesperson for the KZN Department of Education, said the suspension decision was made following their recommendation.

“Over a weekend of consultations, the panel deemed it fit to recommend Jorgensen’s suspension in order to facilitate an investigation that will not be marred by any difficulties for those who will voluntarily tender the evidence,”

Muzi Mahlambi, the spokesperson for the KZN Department of Education

The panel is led by Senior Counsel Vusi Khuzwayo who is assisted by evidence leader, advocate Makhosini Nkosi; educational psychologist Nontobeko Buthelezi; and attorney Jacqueline Pretorius-Bishop. SD Moloi and Associates are providing additional support.


The eThekwini Region of the Economic Freedom Fighters has had Jorgensen in their crosshairs since last week and fired shot at her for calling learners “monkeys”.

Additionally, Mvuba called out another staff member who was only identified as Mrs Arlow.

Themba Mvuba, the chairperson of the branch, said the battalion of red berets would descend on the school should both Jorgensen and Arlow not.

“We will report the matter to the human rights commission,” said Mvuba.

However, as of Tuesday, there had been no action taken by the EFF as threatened although only Jorgensen was suspended. On 01 March the EFF were removed from the school after they mobilised in defence of the students.

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