MEC allegedly failed court order

2014-06-10 00:00

A TEACHER at Woodlands Secondary School, Logan David, has asked the Pietermaritzburg High Court to find the MEC for Education in the province to be in contempt of court.

The application arises from a case that David launched last year against the MEC at the time, Senzo Mchunu.

The case allegedly resulted in a court order being granted in terms of which the MEC was ordered to make available certain documents to David and give written reasons for failing to respond to his request for information.

According to the court papers, the issue related to the advertised post of principal of Woodlands Secondary School “as well as the process and procedures that were subsequently followed relating to the appointment of the present principal [Rashida Golab-Hajee]”. David said he had also applied for the position as principal, but was unsuccessful.

David alleges the MEC failed to comply with the court order granted last year, despite numerous requests. This resulted in yesterday’s application to compel him to provide the documentation and written reasons sought, and to ask the court to impose a appropriate penalty on the MEC for contempt of court.

According to the application papers, this could be a fine of R100 000 or an “appropriate period of imprisonment”.

David said he was prejudiced by the MEC’s failure to comply since a year later he was still not in possession of the evidence he intended to use in support of a proposed application for a review.

Judge Johan Ploos van Amstel yesterday adjourned the case until June 17, giving the MEC time to file replying papers.

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