Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Angry teachers at Mandlakayise Primary School in Inanda, near Durban, boycotted classes after the reinstatement of their principal who had been found guilty of accepting bribes.
The teachers have been protesting at their local circuit office for the past five days.
They have vowed to boycott teaching until the department dispatches them to other schools or gets rid of the principal.
The teachers blew the whistle on principal Francis Mthembu. They allege that she was taking bribes from unemployed teachers seeking employment at their school.
The 20 female teachers were still in the circuit office's boardroom when Sowetan visited yesterday.
It took the emotional teachers almost an hour to finally speak out about why they were not at school. When they did some broke down and cried.
The teachers apparently downed tools last week after Mthembu returned to school.
She had been suspended after she was found guilty of accepting bribes from unemployed teachers seeking jobs at her school.
Those desperate for a job allegedly paid a deposit before they were employed, and the balance was paid in monthly instalments.
The teachers said they feared for their lives. Most of them allegedly testified at the disciplinary hearing against the reinstated principal.
The teachers said three of them had been so stressed out that they were admitted to hospital.