Principal and deputy he allegedly stabbed back at same school

2013-05-14 00:00

CLASSES resumed yesterday at Sesiyabonga High School in Osizweni, near Newcastle, after a week of chaos following the announcement that the school principal, who was suspended after allegedly stabbing his deputy, would return to work.

Principal Sipho Mlotshwa was suspended after he allegedly stabbed his deputy, Thembelihle Mbhele, eight times in the head and arm in April last year for arriving late at school.

Mbhele was also suspended.

Mlotshwa stood trial for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but was acquitted.

The Education Department fired them both for misconduct, but they appealed the decision.

Said department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa: “They have suffered enough through the proceedings as they were on suspension. They were not paid for two months.”

He said the department gave them both final warnings, which means they will be fired if they are convicted of misconduct again.

Department head Dr Nkosinathi Sishi met pupils and their parents on Sunday to explain why the teachers were being brought back to the school.

The pupils and parents were unhappy about their return, fearing that they might fight again.

“This could be very bad. How can the department allow them to return to the same school?” said a teacher who did not want to be named.

“They will never work together again after that incident. This a serious incident that needs to be taken into consideration.”

Mlotshwa and Mbhele resumed their duties as normal yesterday after months away from the school.

School governing body chairperson Jabulani Sibiya told The Witness that they had been worried about the pair’s return to the school, but had accepted the situation after the department had explained matters to them.

When Mlotshwa was contacted, he said questions should be addressed to the department.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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