Crèche head locked out of gates

2015-08-06 06:01

Masizakhe Educare principal Nosipho Rasmeni has been locked out of her crèche by the committee.. 

Mandla Mahashe

Masizakhe Educare principal Nosipho Rasmeni has been locked out of her crèche by the committee.. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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An argument over proper fiscal accountability has led to the head of an Early Childhood Development Centre being censured and locked out of the gates of the crèche.

Nosipho Rasmeni is now a persona non-grata at Masizakhe Educare-in existence for over 30 years- after the governing body said they have power over her to use funds as they saw fit.

According to Rasmeni,52, after the debacle, even the children were not spared as they were locked out in the cold and rainy conditions.

The centre is based in Mpinga Square, in Nyanga East, and has over 60 children registered.

The fracas, she said, started on Monday evening after she failed to attend a meeting to which she was summonsed by the committee.

She said that meeting was called after she stood her ground on being instructed to divert funds meant to pay for staff, towards the reconstruction of a solid structure within the site.

“The committee is demanding that I set aside an amount totalling R3000 every month for the structure.”

Rasmeni said the funds she was asked to use are allocated by the social department for a specific purpose, and cannot be used for anything else.

“The money is predetermined to help with stipends for the workers, food for the children as well as the maintenance of the facility.

This money often runs out before the funding from the department reaches us and we have to use the money from school fees,” she explained.

The 60 children are each charged an amount of about R200 every month, but even that is not enough, according to Rasmeni.

However, committee chairperson Luyanda Nyingwa, has come with guns blazing, alleging that Rasmeni was corrupt and is not interested in seeing the crèche being built.

“In June, we met with her and told her that we needed to set up a fund for the building of a concrete structure for the crèche.

We never asked her to use money from the department instead we asked her to use the money that came from the school fees,” said Nyingwa. “The crèche has been a shack for way to long,” he said. ‘

When City Vision asked him why the children were left stranded in the rain(because the gates were locked), he said that they didn’t have a problem with the children.

“We have nothing against the children. It is the principal that we don’t want. We need her to come to us and show us the money.”

He said that the crèche will be open and that it was the parent’s choice whether to send them to the centre or not. He said that the committee and the community along with the principal will continue to hold meetings until a solution is found.

Rasmeni said that she was open to discussion on the matter with the committee but did not approve of the way they handled the situation. “Thankfully, a social development official took the children to Zolani Centre were we organised breakfast for them,” she said. The stalemate continues, though

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