Three’s com­pany

Prin­ci­pal Thobak­gale sees her stolen-money prob­lem worsen when the in­vestor de­mands a cut of his miss­ing do­na­tion too.

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In­stead of up­grad­ing the school’s sports com­plex at the start of May like she was sup­posed to, Prin­ci­pal Thobak­gale (Elizabeth Serunye) took the cash do­na­tion and in­vested it in a “fi­nan­cial sure-win” to fix her own money mess. Her plan to re­place the cash be­fore any­one no­ticed fell apart on Mon­day 21 May when co-worker Mr Manaka (Skhum­buzo Mbatha) got a hint that some­thing was off, ex­plains Elizabeth. It gets worse on Thurs­day 31 May when the in­vestor Mr Langa (Phillip Molepo) shows up at Tur­floop High de­mand­ing a progress re­port for the sports com­plex. “He’s tired of be­ing led in cir­cles,” warns Elizabeth.

“GIVE ME MY MONEY… BACK”

“Mr Langa isn’t dumb. He sees through her lies and hes­i­tat­ing and de­mands a cut,” sighs Elizabeth. “He asks her flatout if she’s taken the money and then he black­mails her: he wants a por­tion of his own do­na­tion or he’ll ex­pose her to the De­part­ment Of Ed­u­ca­tion and she’ll lose her job.” Two wrongs don’t make a right, but Prin­ci­pal Thobak­gale strongly con­sid­ers tak­ing Mr Langa up on his “of­fer”, ad­mits Elizabeth. “But Mr Langa isn’t done – he tells her that he’ll be back for more money.”

TRIPLE THREAT

Al­ready onto the scent of blood from mid-May, greedy teacher Mr Manaka has been keep­ing tabs on his boss and who she is meet­ing with. “She avoids Mr Langa again [on Fri­day 1 June] be­cause she is on the fence and on Mon­day 4 June, Mr Manaka asks Prin­ci­pal Thobak­gale about her meet­ings with the in­vestor,” ex­plains Elizabeth. Not hav­ing learnt her les­son, the head­mistress lies to Mr Manaka. “She still be­lieves that she is go­ing to come up with a plan that will take care of her fi­nan­cial prob­lems – both at home and at school. The prob-lem is that she’s be­ing pestered by two men who know that some­thing isn’t adding up with the money that has clearly not been used to build the new sport com­plex,” ex­plains the ac­tress. There’s only so much stalling that she can do be­fore both Mr Manaka and Mr Langa take ac­tion against her.

Mr Manaka no­tices the shady be­hav­iour. Prin­ci­pal Thobak­gale gets an of­fer from Mr Langa that she may not be al­lowed to refuse.

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