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Won't be suspended over 'assaults'

By unknown | Oct 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Kingdom Mabuza

The Gauteng department of education will not suspend a principal and two teachers who were arrested and charged with assaulting another principal and damaging property.

Teachers Moses Senye, 46, and Sam Nengwekulu, 41, allegedly assaulted Clare Lucas, principal of St George's Primary School in Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg, two pupils and a cleaner.

The assault took place during the civil servants' strike in June. The victims were attacked because they refused to join the strike.

Lucas angered the strikers by allegedly refusing to let teachers at her school join the national strike.

Senye, a teacher at Spectrum High School, and Nengwekulu, who teaches in Ennerdale, were alleged to have been among demonstrators who attacked Lucas, pupils and a cleaner with sjamboks and sticks.

The department will also not suspend principal Sydney Kokoropo, of Orange Farm in the Vaal. He allegedly damaged a clerk's vehicle because the clerk refused to join the strikers.

Kokoropo allegedly slashed the tyres of a vehicle belonging to the clerk, fromGovan Mbeki Primary School.

During Kokoropo's last court appearance, his supporters blew vuvuzelas inside the court when the case was postponed.

Department spokesman Kate Bapela told Sowetan yesterday that there was no urgent need to suspend the teachers and the principal.

"We would have considered such a step had the teachers and the principal been at the same school with the people whom they allegedly attacked," said Bapela.

"There are internal labour processes that are taking place and we are following the case in court."

The three men will appear again in the Vereeniging magistrate's court today.


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