ANGRY parents of pupils at MotupaKgomo Primary School in Bolobedu have called on former school governing body chairperson to refund the money with which he defrauded the school or face criminal charges.
Parents claim he was sent by the school to buy a cow for a parents' day celebration last year but he instead bought little meat and allegedly kept the balance of the money for his own benefit.
The parents said the information came to light when principal Ngwako Sebopetsa told a meeting of outgoing SGB members that he had covered for the chairperson since last year but felt it was now time for the man to face the music.
The meeting was held at the school last Sunday.
The SGB term expired last Sunday and the school is in the process of electing a new committee.
Another member of the SGB, who wanted to remain anonymous, indicated that the principal had discovered the alleged fraud when a cheque was returned.
It was subsequently established that the figures did not correspond with those on the cheque.
The figures on the cheque, which was for buying of a cow, were allegedly tampered with.
Sebopetsa has not yet disclosed the amount of money involved.
This is what had been blocking progress in the investigation into other financial irregularities against the principal about the misuse of thousands of rands for as yet incomplete palisade fencing for the school.
Sebopetsa refused to comment and said he had nothing to do with the matter.