Principal must go, says Sadtu

2016-03-16 06:00
SADTU marches against the principal of the Motheo FET College. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

SADTU marches against the principal of the Motheo FET College. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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THE South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in the Free State has called for the immediate removal of Dipiloane Phutsisi, the principal of the Motheo Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College.

Sadtu accused Phutsisi of, amongst others, gross corruption, nepotism and the victimisation of workers who belong to the union.

On Wednesday (09/03), Sadtu members marched from the Batho Location Hall to the central campus of the Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein.

Mokholoane Moloi, the Sadtu provincial secretary, said the march is a follow-up to the picket by members of the union on 3 September 2015 where the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) failed to receive the memorandum.

“The union did not take it lightly, as it was an indication of disrespect and undermining of the serious issues about the college,” said Moloi.

According to Moloi, subsequent meetings with DHET failed to yield the desired result of removing the principal of the college.

The union said Phutsisi has elevated herself beyond reproach and claimed that she is still continuing with her corruption, victimisation, intimidation, purging and side-lining of Sadtu members.

Some of the issues mentioned in the memorandum included the failure by DHET to take action against the principal and the failure to carry lawful instructions directed by the DHET.

Sadtu said DHET had instructed the college to desist from utilising the services of an attorney, who has cost the college a fortune in representing the college in disciplinary hearings without winning.

The union also wants the institution to reinstate lecturers and other employees who were exonerated in disciplinary hearings.

Moloi accused the principal of victimi-sing workers who are part of the union.

“We demand the immediate removal of the principal in order to allow due processes to take place, without undue influence and intimidation by the principal,” said Moloi.

This is not the first time the college has been under fire because of poor administration.

In recent years, students have also protested against alleged poor management at the college.

Express asked for comment from the college, without success.

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