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Principal paid for not working since 2005 - report

2012-03-27 12:31

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal school principal has been paid his full salary for almost seven years, despite not being employed in the position, the Mercury newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, Linda Leslie Gumbi was forced to leave a school in Ndwedwe, near Durban, in 2003 following unproven allegations that he squandered school funds and stole food supplied by the government for the pupils.

He then worked as a Grade 7 teacher at another school, but stopped working in 2005. According to the report, he had earned R1.82m since then.

According to the provincial education department, Gumbi is one of 81 "displaced" principals in the province, some of whom were working as teachers while drawing the salaries of principals.

The report quoted KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC as saying that 11 of the displaced principals came from schools in the Ndwedwe area.

Comments
  • jaz82 - 2012-03-27 12:38

    Yip, another day in corrupt paradise

      hayden.cajee - 2012-03-27 12:45

      This is F*&kin ridiculous seriously, we work our asses off for these guys. And they still want more, no offence but its that entitlement mentality.

      Peter - 2012-03-27 12:48

      No Hayden ... I would say --- FULL offence intended for MY money!! Lets call a spade a spade please.

      Spyker - 2012-03-27 12:49

      Respectfully things cannot be too bad - you seem to be content with writing slightly obnoxious comments and sheepishly going to vote, apart from that you have done very little... Are you surprised that the ANC is simply wiping their fat fetid @rses in your face and continuing unabated..?

      Janice - 2012-03-27 12:51

      Thats so nice, I also want a job like his!!!!!

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-27 13:12

      One has to now wonder... just bare with my 'idiotic' idea for a second... I wonder, if this isnt the ANC's plan. If you think about it, if you have NO IDEA on how to do a job, but have an opportunity to do it, because of the effing useless aholes in charge...WHY would you vote for another party? Think about it...keep voting for the ANC, and you have a chance like this idiot...vote DA, and your chances are minimised, and you actually have to WORK at getting further in life. stupid idea i know, but HTF can things like this happen otherwise???

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-03-27 13:31

      @ Peter-Peter - Pure f&*ken lazyness. Nobody are doing their jobs properly. If they spent more time doing their jobs than to sit on their fat @sses and eat KFC all day, they would actually pick up these irregularities. But hey... It's the new SA.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-03-27 12:39

    legally, he was entitled to the payment. ethically and logically, this is crap.

      FuturePowerSolutions - 2012-03-27 12:47

      why are people who are accused of theft / corruption given full pay? Seriously?

      Peter - 2012-03-27 12:48

      Legally? How??

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-27 13:14

      This man was accused of wrongdoing and the employer could not prove that he is guilty. Given that its the employer's responsibility to ensure that an employee is provided with a work place to perform his duties and the employer chose not to provide, but rather forced him to leave employment. Legally, the man is still entitled to his full renumeration packages whether he is physically working or not because he is not the party that defaulted in the employment contract but the employer. Technicality might arise on the fact that he took another job as a grade 7 teacher, but that as well will depend on the T&C signed when he took the job.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-03-27 13:22

      @siyadyosiba, seriously? I bet you if this guy was white you would be screaming blue murder. You STILL fail to realize that indirectly that is YOUR money being wasted, that the money he didn't deserve could have supplied food for these little kids in this school. I love how you don't condemn the allegations that he was stealing food that was intended for these kids. Something isn't legal because you decide it is legal, in fact you have just proven that you have no clue about the law

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-03-27 13:53

      Sadly, siyadyosiba is right...this "teacher" was accused but not convicted...I think siyadyosiba is drawing attention to the fact that the law is f@cked...and it sucks big time that this type of things happens...and not that he agree's with it. Read the article properly before critising siya dudes! "Linda Leslie Gumbi was forced to leave a school in Ndwedwe, near Durban, in 2003 following unproven allegations that he squandered school funds and stole food supplied by the government for the pupils." And thats a HUGE problem when the law and corruption make for BS events like this keeping someone out there fat whilst stuffing the SA tax payers money into their pockets!

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-27 13:54

      @lovenergy - this has nothing to do with race please don't be a racist of note here. Siyadyosiba i sjust clarifying a legal position on this matter and he is absolutely right. this is a fair position whether Black or White. He catually further said that ethically and logically this is crap and I agree with him. Don't be stupid.

      Cindy - 2012-03-27 14:06

      so why did this person not return to work? Is he still on suspension or has the community prevented him from returning.... there are many questions to be answered....

      betsy.compaan - 2012-03-27 14:09

      @Jymiro, judging by the comments he seems more eager to defend the principals right to this money than condemning it. He got another job at another school so he was definitely NOT entitled to that money. Funny how you choose to overlook that little fact.

  • John - 2012-03-27 12:40

    whats new, a lot of gov officials are also still claiming their salary,

      Kala - 2012-03-27 15:08

      And even the supposed current officials have yet to do a days work.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-27 12:41

    Government has a fit hen DA says the word refugee,they rush to Grabouw for some publicity to "solve" the violence but they ALLOW this theft to continue for 7 years????? mHow many children could have been given proper supplies with that "salary"? To make it worse there are more of these thieves sitting at home and getting fat off our money! Anc policy is obviously that if you are caught stealing you will be provided for!!! Students should sue government for stealing their future! Viva gravy train viva!!!!

  • FuturePowerSolutions - 2012-03-27 12:45

    I feel that there is almost no hope, people will continue to shaft anybody and everybody they can, as there are no consequences, the problem I see in South Africa is there is no long term thinking, it is all a few years ahead and that is it. My prediction is that corruption will result in the downfall of civil society (civil war / riots ) let make corruption as serious as murder as that is what it is at times taking the food (money) out of the hands of the poor to line the pocket of those short term thinkers.

      Shirley - 2012-03-27 12:55

      Good idea but in practicality you have a country that continues to vote for the corruption,does not take a stand against it and focuses more on the race issue than the cancer which is eating away at our future everyday!

      berni.venter - 2012-03-27 14:14

      You are spot on FPS. Go have a look at www.dinokengscenarios.co.za

  • Jacobus - 2012-03-27 12:48

    Nobody missed him. Now leave sleeping dogs alone.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-27 12:51

    Is this not typical of the ANC utter incompetance? Must have good cadre connections. Absolutely bloody sick. No wonder why the ANC is a banana movement and the govt. officials who have no clue as to what is going on or are some kick back scheme!!!

  • Den - 2012-03-27 13:00

    Why are we no longer shocked or even suprisaed? thats how the prawns roll

  • Jason - 2012-03-27 13:00

    Wow. Cool job

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-03-27 13:03

    W.T.F.

  • Erich - 2012-03-27 13:03

    Shocking - was this never picked up by the Auditor-General or the parliamental portiofolo on Education?

      Gerhard - 2012-03-27 13:25

      Of course not. There are people in those positions, but remember they were all appointed not on merit but according to skin colour. Please don’t blame these previous disadvanced millionaire officials that they are incompetent, blame the democratically elected government. (sic)

      Tammy - 2012-03-27 13:32

      of course not! you seem to forget we live in africa - :)

  • Bibi - 2012-03-27 13:06

    Sadly, this is not news anymore.

  • theovnk - 2012-03-27 13:28

    And, as usual, nothing will be done about it. He is not the only one that is getting away with theft.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-27 13:39

    To me, it's amazing how often I've heard such stories. the worst part is that some of these guys have reported(more than once) to the govt about being paid erroneously but the salary keeps coming in. In one guy's case it had been going on for 3 yrs as at July 2011.

  • Rishaal - 2012-03-27 13:44

    This an absolute disgrace.We all knew that the education department was corrupt but this takes it to another level. i suppose if you dont pay then then will strike

      Mark - 2012-03-27 13:51

      Rishal. It will have as much effect as the unemployed going on strike.

  • Portia - 2012-03-27 13:44

    What is going to happen in this case. must the money be paid back what course of action will the department apply to resolve this and other related cases?

      Shirley - 2012-03-27 13:56

      They will claim shock and horror,promise to look into it immediately and in a years time still nothing will have been done! No the money wont be paid back,this guy has just had one of the best "jobs" in the world,whilst children sit in the sun trying to obtain an education!

  • Jamie - 2012-03-27 13:47

    And how many increases were "approved" for him during that time ? I believe we should go back to the old practise of bosses actually physically paying their people, face to face. None of this remote auto generated computer transfer stuff. And it wouldn't be a bad idea if it was in cash too, so that the person doing the paying actually has a feel for what they are doing. That would bring a halt to a lot of this sort of thing.

  • zane.blignaut - 2012-03-27 13:48

    Its guys like this that make the hard working "Black"community look bad.. Its this exact "monies" that could make higher salaries possible for the working teachers, its this money that could be spent at the very same schools to enrich the learners with things they now can not afford!

  • sakhikhaya.dlala - 2012-03-27 14:01

    LMAO!

  • rynoj1 - 2012-03-27 14:08

    This is bad, we have to to ensure they get paid for doing nothing, how on earth does something like this happens??????

      Shirley - 2012-03-27 14:14

      Very easily and very frequently!

  • berni.venter - 2012-03-27 14:19

    Another oxymoron. Top of the page under 'Related Articles' - 'KZN needs 3000 teachers annually'. How many new teachers could have been appointed on this chop's ill gotten gains.

  • Carolyn - 2012-03-27 14:27

    Same news different day!!!

  • Henry - 2012-03-27 14:41

    This is nothing new. The government often complaints of not having enough money to pay for some basic necessities, but on the other hand it's rich enough to suspend a professional employee with full pay up to a year or more, Take people like, the former police commisioner, Judge Mothata and the current commisioner, earning just like you and me, going to work everyday. So I congratulate that principal, he's been lucky. That's how the government works anyway.

  • Henry - 2012-03-27 14:41

    This is nothing new. The government often complaints of not having enough money to pay for some basic necessities, but on the other hand it's rich enough to suspend a professional employee with full pay up to a year or more, Take people like, the former police commisioner, Judge Mothata and the current commisioner, earning just like you and me, going to work everyday. So I congratulate that principal, he's been lucky. That's how the government works anyway.

  • Pieter - 2012-03-27 15:37

    Not a shocking story, viva ANC viva free living ( to the extend of the tax payer )

  • Sharon - 2012-03-27 15:54

    This makes me so angry! I wonder if this man ever contacted the education department to inform them of their mistake, or did he just say "thank you very much" and keep the money? They will not recover one cent from him, that's for sure!

  • Tim - 2012-03-27 16:59

    jail them 7 years no fine

  • zama.gausi - 2012-03-28 08:57

    Amazing!

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