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ELRCThe Star reports that a Sebokeng primary school principal accused of sexually violating a learner has managed to convince an arbitrator that he was a victim of a conspiracy by teachers and fellow union members.

Matthew Ceba, principal at Motlotlo Primary School in Sebokeng, squared off against the Gauteng Department of Education in arbitration proceedings at the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC). He faced a single charge of misconduct. The employer alleged that he had called a Grade 7 learner, only identified as MM, to his office and hugged her, sat her down on his lap and romantically kissed her. Four teachers testified against Ceba in the arbitration. MM stuck to her allegation during the proceedings, but Ceba denied the allegation. His defence focused on why allegations would be fabricated against him. Chief among this was that his relationship with his school management team and other teachers was troubled and frosty. The troubled relations went to an extent that teachers fabricated embezzlement charges against him in 2020, Ceba submitted. The district investigated the matter and he was found not guilty. Ceba testified that he was a victim of squabbling in Sadtu, his union. In a ruling last week, advocate Mark Hawyes, the ELRC arbitrator, found Ceba’s defence credible. Also, said Hawyes, Ceba “provided other unchallenged detail of why he suspected that he was being falsely framed by dissenting factions within Sadtu”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bongani Nkosi at The Star

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