Sale of post: KZN teacher charged

CityPress - - News - PADDY HARPER paddy.harper@city­press.co.za

The South African Coun­cil of Ed­u­ca­tors (Sace) has charged a pro­vin­cial leader of teach­ers’ union Sadtu with 13 counts of mis­con­duct over her al­leged role in the sale of a teach­ing post to a Dur­ban ed­u­ca­tor, who later blew the whis­tle on her.

Sace spokesper­son Themba Ndhlovu con­firmed that the coun­cil, the reg­u­la­tory body for the teach­ing pro­fes­sion, had in­sti­tuted charges against Them­bek­ile Makhanya.

Makhanya is the co­or­di­na­tor for sports and recre­ation on Sadtu’s KwaZulu-Natal pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive and a coun­cil mem­ber of the Coastal KZN TVET Col­lege.

Last year, teacher Nkonzo Mqadi claimed he had paid Makhanya, then a head of depart­ment at the So­phie Pewa Pri­mary School at Fol­weni, R1 000 a month for 12 months af­ter she had re­quested pay­ment in re­turn for fa­cil­i­tat­ing his trans­fer from another school. Mqadi claimed Makhanya sent a pupil to his class­room ev­ery payday to col­lect R1 000 in cash hid­den in a copy of the Isolezwe news­pa­per.

Makhanya, who has been sus­pended by Sadtu, did not ap­pear at last week’s hear­ing, at which Mqadi was to tes­tify. In­stead, she sent her le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive with a sick note and a re­quest for a post­pone­ment. The hear­ing will now take place on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day next week.

Ndhlovu de­clined to pro­vide de­tails of the charges against Makhanya, who has not yet been sus­pended by the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment de­spite the al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and mis­con­duct against her.

“We will not com­ment fur­ther as the in­quiry is a confidential one and is still on­go­ing,” he said.

Makhanya did not re­spond to calls from City Press this week. How­ever, when the mat­ter sur­faced last year, she de­scribed Mqadi’s claims as part of a “con­spir­acy” against her, stem­ming from ten­sions within the union.

Mean­while, Mqadi, who has still not been re­in­stated by the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment pay­roll, has been called to give ev­i­dence against Makhanya on Tues­day. Mqadi laid a com­plaint against Makhanya, and a crim­i­nal charge, last year af­ter com­ing out about cor­rup­tion in the depart­ment and her role in al­legedly co­erc­ing him into pay­ing a bribe for the trans­fer.

The act­ing prin­ci­pal of So­phie Pewa Pri­mary School, Nkosi­nathi Mb­hense, made an af­fi­davit claim­ing that he was in­tim­i­dated into sign­ing a fraud­u­lent let­ter dis­miss­ing Mqadi.

He has been called to give ev­i­dence next week.

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