MEC steps in over claims head forced teachers to strip, threatened to kill them

KZN education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana has launched a probe into sexual harassment allegations against a Durban primary school principal.
KZN education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana has launched a probe into sexual harassment allegations against a Durban primary school principal.
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KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana has launched an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation against a primary school principal in Durban.

Dlungwana announced in a statement that he would be visiting the school on Tuesday after allegations surfaced that the principal sexually harassed his staff and threatened to kill them if they told anyone about it.

"These are serious allegations and we need to get to the bottom of this issue. It is our duty to protect our employees and if we find these allegations to be true, we are definitely going to take drastic action," said Dlungwana.

The Durban-based Ilanga newspaper which broke the story about the allegations on Monday reported that female staff members at the school claimed that they were forced by the principal to strip naked in his office. He also allegedly touched their private parts and asked for sex from others.

Female teachers told the newspaper that the principal allegedly also wanted to kiss them against their will and even sent them messages on their cellphones asking them to send him pictures of their private parts.

It quoted one of the alleged victims as saying she ended up wearing pants to school because of the alleged sexual harassment.

Another teacher claimed that she was summoned to the school for an emergency meeting during a weekend and when she got to the school, the principal demanded that she sleep with him.

Attempts to contact the principal for comment were unsuccessful as the phone rang unanswered on Monday.

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union was not immediately available for comment.

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