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By unknown | Sep 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Teachers at Ingangayiphi Primary School in KwaNongoma are living in fear after their principal allegedly locked them up in a room at gunpoint.

One of the teachers yesterday opened a case at the local police station against the principal.

The principal on Tuesday allegedly accused the teachers during a meeting at the school of being disrespectful to him and threatened to fire all of them.

"He pulled out his gun and placed it on the table. Some of us rushed for cover and others tried to flee outside, but he blocked the door and told us to shut up," said one of the teachers.

The chairman of the National Teachers Union in the KwaNongoma circuit, Xolani Mthethwa, confirmed the incident and expressed shock that a principal had come to school armed. He said the union had advised the teachers to arrange a meeting with the principal and education officials to try and resolve their issues before the union took up the matter further.

Spokesman for the department of education Mbali Thusi was yesterday not available for comment.

This is not the first time the school is in the news.

A few months ago, the department of education reinstated a female teacher at the school, who had been fired 10 years ago.

The teacher, who cannot be named, had been raped and did not report for duty.

Despite submitting proof that a medical doctor had booked her off for the weeks she was absent from work, the principal fired her.

Police spokesman Vusi Mbatha confirmed that one teacher had reported the matter on behalf of the other teachers.

Mbatha said a case of intimidation could not be opened as police needed individual statements from all the affected teachers.


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