Tshwane college remains closed

2011-02-14 11:19

Tshwane South College remained closed today, with staff and students milling around outside the premises in the scorching heat, after 11 lecturers were suspended last week.

The lecturers had enquired about deductions on their salaries.

Moloko Matlala, a lecturer at the further education and training college, said the gates remained locked and police were “coming and going” just to monitor the situation.

According to the suspension notice that he was given, he was accused of threatening the campus manager, Susan Motsepe, disruption of college administration, and failing to do his job.

He said a meeting between the college management and parents proved fruitless on Friday.

Attempts to reach the college for comment this morning were unsuccessful.

Matlala alleged management lied to parents about reasons for their suspension.

“They were told we were suspended because of a pending criminal matter against them. This relates to protest action that took place last year at the Centurion campus. What they were told at the meeting differs from the contents of our suspension letters,” he said.

Matlala said they would remain at the gate until they were reinstated.

They also want the acting principal, PJ Kraft, to vacate his post, including the deputy CEO, Deborah Malete, and finance manager Rina Jonker.

“They are to blame for all this chaos,” said Matlala.

Students were singing and toyi-toying over the campus’ closure on Friday.

Meanwhile, the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union was expected to meet with management to try to resolve the impasse.

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