AFTER only a few months in office five of the 10 disgruntled members of the school governing body at Modipe High School in Mothomeng Village outside Tzaneen in Limpopo have quit.
The five said they were forced to resign after they accused principal Solly Mawila of a lack of cooperation.
They accused him of interfering in their duties and not consulting them on the school's finances.
The first SGB member to resign was the secretary and a former Greater Tzaneen municipal councillor Nicholas Ramoloi. He was allegedly victimised for questioning travel claims made by the principal, which were higher than those of other teachers for the same distance.
The treasurer, who also served on the previous body, also resigned.
He was followed by three other members who accused Mawila of being a dictator.
They said Mawila had made it difficult for them to perform their duties as SGB members since he took most of the decisions on his own.
The five members said the school now had only five inexperienced SGB members, who were allegedly being influenced by Mawila.
According to some SGB members, the problems at the school were worrying parents. They said parents had called on the department to take action against the principal.
Last week Mawila appeared briefly in the Bolobedu magistrate's court for allegedly intimidating two former SGB members. - Michael Sakuneka