SGB won’t step down in wake of school race row

Daily Dispatch - - News - SIPOKAZI FOKAZI

The school gov­ern­ing body (SGB) of Rusten­burg Girls’ Ju­nior School‚ which is em­broiled in a race row af­ter it con­struc­tively dis­missed its first black teacher‚ Nozipho Mthembu‚ has rub­bished calls by cer­tain par­ents for it to re­sign.

In­stead‚ the body has of­fered an olive branch to in­ter­ested par­ents. They want the par­ents to join the SGB to help with gov­er­nance‚ par­tic­u­larly with as­pects to do with “ex­clu­siv­ity‚ di­ver­sity and trans­for­ma­tion”.

In a state­ment‚ the SGB also unan­i­mously ex­pressed a vote of con­fi­dence in the cur­rent chair‚ Gavin Down­ward.

The body said that it had con­sid­ered the call for the en­tire body to re­sign‚ but de­cided this was point­less be­cause it had been demo­crat­i­cally elected.

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