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education blackboard thumb medium80 92SowetanLive reports that a Mpumalanga teacher who has raked in more than R1.5m in wages for sitting at home has taken the fight to get his job back to the Labour Court.  

Ndifelani Ligege, a teacher at Umlambo Combined School in Amsterdam, had a fallout with the school's principal and the school governing body (SGB) after reporting a case of corruption relating payment of a "ghost" teacher.  After a lengthy stand-off, Ligege was expelled from work in December 2014 for poor performance.  He was reinstated by the education department in January 2015, but was not allowed to enter the school's premises by some of his former colleagues who were serving in the SGB.  He is now pinning his hopes on getting his job back through the Labour Court in Johannesburg.  Even though he has been receiving his monthly salary, including his 13th cheque, Ligege wants to return to class and do what he loves, something he has not done since December 2014.  "I want them to reinstate me, even though I have fears that my life is no longer safe," Ligege said on Wednesday.  He remarked:  "The department somehow doesn't mind paying my salary, including performance incentives even though I have not been working for five years."

  • Read the full original of Isaac Mahlangu’s report on this story at SowetanLive

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