Woman-beater Sadtu official to be disciplined
The basic education department in Gauteng has promised to discipline a primary school principal and SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) branch chairman who’s been convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
Sam Nenngwekhulu, the principal of Spectrum Primary School in Ennerdale and Sadtu branch chairman in the same area, has been investigated three times before for allegedly beating up other teachers and, in one case, a fellow principal.
In one instance, he was suspended for a month; in the second, the matter was resolved through mediation; and in the third, he was acquitted in court. Nenngwekhulu refused to comment on any of the cases or investigations. In the latest case, Nenngwekhulu was sentenced by the Orlando Magistrates’ Court to six months in jail, or a R5 000 fine.
The sentence was suspended for 10 years and Nenngwekhulu was declared unfit to carry a firearm.
Gauteng education department spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said the matter had been referred to the department’s labour unit and Nenngwekhulu was convicted last month.
Sekhonyane said: “This matter was not brought to the attention of the department at the time it occurred and we therefore could not take any action against him. This also happened outside of the school premises. Any case of assault outside work premises is a police case.”
Sadtu had not responded to requests for comment at the time of going to press.
Two years ago, a teacher who asked not to be named accused Nenngwekhulu of beating him up and “frogmarching” him off the premises of the Thuto Lefa Secondary in Lawley.
Sekhonyane said Nenngwekhulu was suspended without pay for one month then, but an investigation could not establish whether the teacher had actually been assaulted. Also in 2012, a teacher from Spectrum Primary reported Nenngwekhulu to the department after the principal allegedly hit him and pinned him to the ground in front of other staff on school grounds.
Sekhonyanesaid:“Therewerenowitnessestocorroboratetheallegation. The district therefore mediated the differences between the two. In 2007, Nenngwekhulu appeared in court for allegedly assaulting Claire Lucas, the principal of St George’s Primary School in Ennerdale. He was acquitted.
His ex-girlfriend Philiswa Magam said he beat her up because she was breaking up with him.
“I feel so good that he went to court and I was listened to,” she said.