Woman-beater Sadtu of­fi­cial to be dis­ci­plined

CityPress - - Voices - SIPHO MA­SONDO sipho.ma­sondo@city­press.co.za

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.

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