The complicated immigrant issues sweeping the landscape of South Africa, has made some schools in the country to explore other possible legal avenue to address the frightening development.

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) on Friday requested the Eastleigh Primary School to withdraw its letter that threatened foreign nationals that their children will be sent to the police station if their immigration documents weren’t updated.

The letter to parents who are foreign nationals, requested them to update their information by producing original immigration permits or face the prospect of having their children removed from the school by the police.

The letter was circulated on social media.

The school said it had been visited by SA Home Affairs officials whom it said instructed it to take the drastic action. However, GDE spokesperson Oupa Bodibe on Friday said the department had requested the school to withdraw it.

“As the department we support the need to comply with laws of the country, but caution that we need to be sympathetic and deal with it with empathy,” said Bodibe.

“So the school has been asked to withdraw the last statement, where it was threatening to send the children to the police station, but rather to tell parents that if they don’t comply they must keep their children at home.”