Social media has reacted strongly after a photograph of black and white pupils apparently "segregated" went viral.
The photograph of the Grade R class at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West showed four black pupils seated at one desk in the back of the class, while 18 white children sat a long table placed in the middle.
The school's governing body has since issued a statement saying there was no racism or discrimination at the school and that the image was "not a reflection of the true character of the school".
School governing body chairperson Jozeph du Plessis said the picture was a reflection of a "single moment" and that the school did not tolerate racism.
A parent of one the black pupils in the photograph, however, accused the school of making excuses for their actions.