Paarl Gym principal allegedly linked to Sunita asks for 6 months' unpaid leave

2017-07-19 13:06
Paarl Gymnasium Primary School principal Danie le Roux with Sunita van Dyk. (Netwerk24)

Paarl Gymnasium Primary School principal Danie le Roux with Sunita van Dyk. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – Paarl Gymnasium Primary School principal Danie le Roux may not be at school on Monday.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said on Tuesday that Le Roux was going to take unpaid leave for six months, Netwerk24 reported.

The leave was approved by the WCED's head of education, Brian Schreuder.

However, Schreuder later said that Le Roux had contacted him about the possibility of leave without payment.

"I indicated that the WCED would consider it to be in everyone’s interests. It has not been formally approved because we are still waiting for the formal application and motivations from all parties involved."

The WCED initially said that Le Roux had stated that he needed the time to handle the situation around him.

Paddy Attwell, spokesperson for the WCED, initially said they had no insight regarding the school's governing body and Le Roux's negotiations.

The governing body was on Tuesday not yet aware of Le Roux's possible six months’ unpaid leave.

The chairperson of the governing body, Carien van Dyke, said: "I can also confirm that the governing body did not offer Le Roux six months' salary and that no application for leave was filed."

'Who can afford to resign now?'

Shortly after the schools closed for the June holidays, rumours began circulating that Le Roux had been asked by the school's governing body to take leave for six months until the dust settled.

Le Roux's wife, Eloise le Roux, denied in a text message on Tuesday that her husband was on unpaid leave. She also threatened legal proceedings should the report be published.

After Netwerk24 had asked her at home a week or two ago, if it was true that her husband would take six months' leave or resign, Eloise said: "Who can afford to resign now? What must we survive on?"

Le Roux did not respond to phone calls or WhatsApp messages.

He became known in the media after rumours began to do the rounds that he had been involved in an extramarital affair with Sunita van Dyk, 32, a teacher at his school.

Sunita and her husband, Jacques van Dyk, 30, burnt to death on May 10 in their house on the farm Jakhalsvlei, outside Wellington.

Jacques' family appointed a private detective shortly after the incident to find if there were any irregularities surrounding the couple's death.

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