KZN DoE set to meet after arrests

2014-04-02 00:00

A HIGH-LEVEL meeting is set to take place next week by the KZN Department of Edu­cation regarding the arrest and appearance of three senior officials allegedly involved in the murder of Nkosinathi Zondi last May.

Zondi (46), the principal of Nyonemhlophe Primary School, was shot five times at his home in Umlazi. He was with Mbuso Shabalala, region chairperson for Sadtu.

Education district manager for Ugu, Mfundo Sibiya, the principal of Gobhela Primary School, Lindani Mkhize, and Mhlengi Luthuli, principal of Bonguzwane High School, were arrested for allegedly being involved in Zondi’s murder.

They appeared at the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court yesterday and the case is expected to resume on Monday.

Durban South chairperson of Sadtu who served along with Zondi, Bheki Fakazi, said that he was an instrumental member of the union in the province.

“We are happy that suspects have been arrested and appeared in court. We want justice to take its course. Zondi’s death was a huge loss for KwaZulu-Natal. He would always fight for justice whenever he was called for duty. He could be seen as one of the backbones of Sadtu in KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.

Mkhize and Luthuli also were also Sadtu leaders.

The IFP education forum also expressed shock at the arrest of the Ugu education district manager and principals for their alleged involvement in Zondi’s murder.

“The IFP has always maintained that unionism and party politics have no place in the education system and positions should be given to those who qualify for them. This alleged involvement of union leaders and top education officials in this crime is both disgusting and shocking” it said.

KZN Education Department spokesperson Mzi Mahlambi said that the department was treating the case as a high priority.

“On Monday next week, a top management meeting, which will be chaired by the head of the department, will take place.

“The case is one of the items on the agenda of that meeting. Once the meeting takes place we will have more room to breathe and be in a better position to discuss this situation further,” he said.

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