Misconduct charge levelled at principal who showed student teacher the door over his hair

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William Sezoe. (Supplied)
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  • Vredenburg Primary principal Andre Muller will face a disciplinary hearing next week.
  • He is charged with misconduct after instructing a student teacher to leave after taking exception to his hair.
  • William Sezoe said in addition to a sincere apology, he expected "some sort of actionfor the way he was treated.

The principal who showed a student teacher the door after humiliating him on his first day of classroom observation because of this hair has been charged with misconduct.

On Wednesday, the Western Cape education department confirmed Vredenburg Primary principal Andre Muller would face a disciplinary hearing next week after its investigation had been finalised.

"The outcome of the hearing will determine the action taken," spokesperson Millicent Merton said.

William Sezoe, who was on the receiving end of the tongue lashing last month, said he was relieved that progress was being made.

The second-year University of Stellenbosch student said he had also received an email from Education MEC Debbie Schafer in which she informed him of the status of the probe and apologised for his experience with the department.

He hoped the hearing would yield a "positive outcome", Sezoe told News24.

"I think I would firstly appreciate a sincere apology from the principal, but I'm also expecting some sort of action against him for the way he treated me.

"I also think that knowing he will receive some sort of punishment will also help me to conclude and move on from the nasty experience that I had to endure."

The provincial education department had initially requested intervention from the department's labour relations and the case was said to be receiving the "necessary serious treatment".

Merton said the investigation had been finalised and the disciplinary hearing was scheduled for 29 and 30 March.

Sezoe, who sports dark hair with blonde tips, last month left Vredenburg Primary without making it into the classroom after Muller told him he was not welcome there with his hairstyle, which he charged did not set an example.

He said his only response had been "OK sir".

Sezoe, in a Facebook post, wrote when the teacher he was to observe arrived and told him they could go to class, Muller had screamed form the corridor: "[Juffrou], los daai man. Hy moet by daai deur uit. Ek't gesê hy's nie welkom hier nie. Gaan maar na jou klas toe en ek't mos klaar met jou gepraat, daar's die deur - gaan nou! [Teacher, leave that man. He must go out through that door. I said he isn't welcome here. Go to your class. And I have already spoken to you; there's the door - go now!]."

The scene had played out in front of pupils and parents. Sezoe left.

When Die Burger had approached Muller for comment, he said his school was "not the Boswell Wilkie circus" and Sezoe with his hair was "not a good role model" for his pupils.

The EFF in the Western Cape had called his response "extremely racist and deplorable to say the least" as Muller "reduces this African child to an animal amusement at a Boswell circus".

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