Job­less prin­ci­pal dies wait­ing

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A KwaZulu-Na­tal prin­ci­pal has died af­ter be­ing re­moved from his post af­ter an SA Demo­cratic Teach­ers’ Union (Sadtu) fight over who should get his job.

Linda Zuma, a Sadtu mem­ber was ap­pointed prin­ci­pal at Izin­gol­weni Pri­mary School in June 2013 and worked for a year un­til a dis­pute over his ap­point­ment sparked a new se­lec­tion process. But when the in­ter­views were re­opened, Zuma was not short-listed. The fa­ther of three was in­stead sent back to his old school, but his old job had al­ready been taken.

Zuma (44) was then told to re­port to the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment cir­cuit of­fices daily while they found him a new job. He started suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion and died while get­ting ready to re­port for duty at the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment of­fice at Port Shep­stone on March 15.

A friend and fel­low Sadtu ac­tivist told City Press that Zuma was re­moved from the post and “dealt with” for be­ing part of protests against the re­turn to work of re­gional di­rec­tor, Mfundi Sibiya. Sibiya, a for­mer Sadtu PEC mem­ber in­ves­ti­gated by the Volmink com­mis­sion, was charged with the mur­der of Sadtu Ugu chair­per­son Nkosi­nathi Zondi in May 2013. Zondi’s mur­der blew the lid off the jobs-for-cash scan­dal. Charges against Sibiya were with­drawn last year af­ter a state wit­ness re­fused to tes­tify. The hit men will ap­pear in court next month for trial.

A col­league said that Zuma “spoke out about cor­rup­tion and the sale of posts”.

Ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Sicelo Khuzwayo said Zuma did not nec­es­sar­ily qual­ify to be rein­ter­viewed for his job. “He was one of the most re­spected and hard-work­ing ed­u­ca­tors in the dis­trict,” he said. Nei­ther Sibiya nor Sadtu pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary No­marashiya Caluza re­sponded to calls re­quest­ing com­ment.

– Paddy Harper (pic­tured),

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