Parents stone principal’s car, alleging food tender scam

2012-08-08 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Education Department is awaiting a displacement application from a Mount Pleasant Primary School principal after her vehicle was allegedly stoned by parents on Monday morning.

It is alleged that parents protested outside the school gate in Hopewell, demanding that Nobuhle Moyana be removed.

They claimed she granted a tender for the school nutrition programme to her friends.

They sent the children home before closing the gate, preventing Moyana from entering, and then stoned her car.

She was not injured during the incident. None of the parents wanted to be quoted in the media when questioned about their allegations.

The protest led to a meeting at which officials from the Education Department, community members and teachers discussed the allegations against Moyana.

School governing body chairperson Thulani Mtolo told The Witness they were taken by surprise, and declined to comment, referring The Witness to the department.

Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said the school’s head of department would act in the absence of Moyana.

“She feels threatened and had said her life is in danger.

“She is not fired or suspended by the department, but the community does not want her there. In the meantime,we are going to investigate all allegations made by the community,” said Mlotshwa.

Mlotshwa said the department would consider an application for displacement, but not necessarily grant it.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed that Moyana had opened a case of malicious damage to property and police are investigating.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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