Hands off Moss Senye

2011-03-14 15:43

The national association of school governing bodies (NASGB) pledged its support to suspended Meadowlands High School principal this morning.

Moss Senye, Meadowlands High School principal and Gauteng chairperson of South African democratic teachers union (Sadtu), appeared before the Meadowlands magistrate court in Soweto today on allegations of assaulting a 17-year-old pupil last month.

He was suspended in February by the Gauteng education department after charges of assault were laid against him by the pupil’s parents.

Sadtu members flanked by parents braved the wet weather and gathered at the court in support of their leader.

Doors to the court had to be shut to control the crowd entering the court building.

Tola Mokgoatlheng, regional deputy chairperson of NASGB said the decision to suspend Senye was unprocedural and the department needed to re-instate him.

“The education department is supposed to adhere to the laws of our country in carrying out its duties but it has obviously not done that,” Mokgoatlheng said.

“They have a vendetta against Senye and now that he is involved in this case, they want to pin him down.”

Mokgoatlheng said the NASGB was not going to allow that and will toil until Senye is reinstated.

Charles Phahlane, Gauteng education spokesperson refuted claims that the department had a vendetta against Senye.

“We issued Senye with a precautionary suspension letter following his appearance in court last week.

“This action is consistent with the way in which we respond to similar cases where there has been prima facie evidence of assault against learners,” Phahlane said.

Queen Lewis, the school governing body’s chairperson said they did not want a caretaker principal at the school.

“We won’t allow anyone but Moss. The department must not bring their political agenda to the school,” said Lewis.

Despite the commotion at Meadowlands High, Lewis said lessons would continue unhindered.

Senye last week came under the spotlight for labelling Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy a “tyrant that focused only on white schools.”

His case was postponed to May 11.

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