Probe into killer teacher report

2013-07-23 00:00

THE KZN Correctional Services Department is investigating reports that a paroled murderer registered a new ID under a different name and surname, and clinched himself a teaching job at a Durban school.

Department spokesperson Nokuthula Zikhali said the matter was receiving urgent attention, as the department viewed it in a serious light.

The Sunday Tribune reported that Gareth Thomas, who was sentenced to 20 years for the murder of former Durban mayor Mike Lipschitz in 2001, landed himself a teaching job at Durban’s Futura High School.

The 30-year-old, who was 18 when he was convicted, was released on parole in 2010, after serving eight years of his 20-year sentence, according to the Sunday newspaper.

He landed his job in March as Daniel Joseph.

“The information I have is that Thomas is reporting at the office as per his parole conditions. At this stage we cannot anticipate the outcomes of the investigation. We can only comment once the investigation is concluded,” said Zikhali.

Attempts to get comment from Thomas or his lawyer, Keith Mothil, were all unsuccessful. When The Witness phoned the school, a woman who did not identify herself said the principal would respond to media queries during the course of the week.

“If you have any more questions regarding the matter, send an e-mail. The principal is not taking any calls on the matter at this stage,” she said.

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