Principal paid for not working since 2005: Report

By Drum Digital
27 March 2012

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 Seven teacher at another school, but stopped working in 2005. According to the report, he had earned R1.82 million since then.

According to the provincal 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.

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