Load shedding delays Sadtu jobs-for-cash trial

2015-02-04 15:12

Load shedding delayed the brief appearance in the Durban High Court yesterday of the six men alleged to have murdered South Coast principal and Sadtu regional chairperson Nkosinathi Zondi for blowing the whistle on a jobs-for-cash scam within the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education.

The six – education department Ugu (Lower South Coast) regional director Mfundi Sibiya, Ugu school principals Lungani Mkhize, Xolani Myeza and Mhlengi Luthuli and alleged hitmen Andile Zulu and Lungisani Makhoba – had to wait for more than two hours before their case was adjourned until February 18. The matter will then go to trial. Makhoba and Zulu are in police custody while the rest of the accused are out on bail.

Zondi, principal of the Nyonemhlophe Primary School at Mtwalume on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, was murdered at Umlazi, Durban, on May 7 2013.

Two weeks earlier he had been elected as chairperson of the teacher union’s Ugu region on the lower KwaZulu-Natal south coast, lifted the lid on alleged procurement and placement scams run by union and department officials. The killing, and an investigation by City Press into the allegedly nationwide sale of promotion posts by officials from R20 000 upwards has sparked the ministerial investigation into the matter by basic education minister Angie Motshekga.

Two other accused, Sandile Msizi, the chairperson of the Khathi High School school governing body, who allegedly acted as a go-between for Sibiya and the hitmen and a third alleged shooter, Ndolile Shezi, have turned state witness.

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