Suspended principal reinstated: Report

By Drum Digital
30 April 2012

A school principal accused of assaulting a pupil with a hosepipe has been reinstated before criminal charges against him could be finalised, the Star newspaper reported on Monday.

Hosea Maboya of Diversity High School in South Hills, south of Johannesburg, would resume his duties on Wednesday, education department spokesman Charles Phahlane told the newspaper.

Maboya was reinstated after an internal disciplinary process.

"The hearing was conducted, there was a verdict and then a sanction," said Phahlane.

The grade 9 pupil's mother, who can not be named to protect the identity of her child, said she was furious by the decision.

"How can Mr Maboya be reinstated while there is a criminal case pending against him? I don't think that is right," she told the newspaper.

"Where is justice here?"

Phahlane said the department would meet with the family.

"We understand the concerns of the family and we will hold a private meeting with them so that they can raise their concerns," said Phahlane.

He said Maboya was charged with assault and found guilty in February, He served his two-month suspension without pay from March.

Maboya was reinstated along with a female teacher who was given a precautionary suspension after she was filmed repeatedly striking a 16-year-old girl's knuckles for a blackboard duster.

The teacher resumed duty on April 16.

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