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kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that the KwaZulu-Natal education department has suspended the principal of a Durban primary school, pending an investigation into allegations of sexual, physical and verbal abuse of teachers, four years after the teachers first complained.  

On Tuesday, Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana visited the school and met with 14 teachers who briefed him on matters at the school, including allegations of sexual harassment, financial mismanagement, assault and other issues.  “The first step is that we have suspended the principal.  We will do an investigation, but we have suspended him because the matter is very serious.  We have spoken to the teachers, and it was revealed that some of them have protection orders against him,” Dlungwana said.  The MEC indicated that they wanted to send a strong message to wrongdoers.  It is alleged that the teachers first made abuse claims about the principal in 2015, which only reached the office of the MEC via voicemail on Friday afternoon.  The SA Council of Educators (SACE) said the matter has been referred to them for investigation, while a police spokesperson confirmed that a case of sexual assault had been opened for investigation.  SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) Sadtu provincial secretary Nomarashiya Caluza commented:  “It is worrying that the department is only standing up now that the matter was addressed in the media.”  She confirmed that the principal was a Sadtu member and said they wanted to get his side of the story, adding that it was an embarrassment that their member had such allegations levelled against him.

  • Read the full original of Thobeka Ngema’s report on the above at Daily News

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