School apol­o­gises for pupils’ Nazi salute

Weekend Witness - - News - LOURENSA ECKARD

KINGSWAY High School head­mas­ter Ge­off Har­ri­son has apol­o­gised on the school’s Face­book fan page af­ter a group of pupils per­formed a Nazi salute out­side the Dur­ban Holo­caust Cen­tre and posted it online on Wed­nes­day.

The school usu­ally vis­its the cen­tre for pupils to “learn from the mis­takes of the past”, the prin­ci­pal said.

In a state­ment pub­lished on the school’s fan page, Love Kingsway High, Har­ri­son said, “Kingsway apol­o­gises un­re­servedly for the most in­sen­si­tive photo posted on Face­book.

“The atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted against the Jews, in par­tic­u­lar, and the loss of life and de­struc­tion caused through­out Europe can only give rise to re­pul­sion with any­thing as­so­ci­ated with the Nazi.

“I be­lieve it is also im­por­tant that 13­ or 14­year­olds do not know the sig­nif­i­cance of a salute, and their gen­er­a­tion are only now be­ing ex­posed to the his­tory of the Sec­ond World War and Fas­cism. The learn­ers’ be­hav­iour was there­fore more typ­i­cal of youth­ful in­sen­si­tiv­ity than a sup­port for Nazism.” Har­ri­son urged all those who have not vis­ited the Dur­ban Holo­caust Cen­tre to do so.

“It goes with­out say­ing that the un­for­tu­nate ges­ture does not fit in with the ethos and phi­los­o­phy of the school, as you have seen por­trayed by other Face­book posts over the years.”

Face­book user Ash­leigh Darné com­mented on Har­ri­son’s state­ment, say­ing, “I will al­ways re­spect and love Kingsway High and agree com­pletely with what you have said. While the photo was ex­tremely in­sen­si­tive, I don’t feel it was done out of any ma­li­cious in­tent. We were all once teenagers who did things, in hind­sight, we prob­a­bly shouldn’t have done.”

East Coast Ra­dio quoted the cen­tre’s di­rec­tor, Mary Kluk, say­ing the the south Dur­ban school vis­its them an­nu­ally as part of their his­tory cur­ricu­lum. She said while the pho­to­graph is in­ap­pro­pri­ate, she be­lieves it is more a re­flec­tion of youth­ful in­sen­si­tiv­ity than a ma­li­cious at­tempt to be of­fen­sive.

— Wit­ness Reporter. A R1,75 MIL­LION beach house in Stil­baai in the Cape is part of the Hawks’ fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Pip­pie se Ge­sig­gie fund.

The house was bought for cash in Au­gust 2012 and reg­is­tered in the name of Er­win Kruger, the lit­tle burn vic­tim’s fa­ther.

Sis­ter pa­per Beeld learnt re­li­ably that the pur­chase of the house, eight months af­ter Pip­pie suf­fered crit­i­cal burns, forms part of the Hawks’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how money do­nated for her treat­ment was spent.

Er­win Kruger ac­knowl­edged last week that the fund was never reg­is­tered as a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion (NPO), and that money raised was paid into his wife Anice’s per­sonal sav­ings ac­count.

He de­clined to com­ment yes­ter­day on the pur­chase of the house.

Lynne Zur­namer, a spokesper­son for the Kruger fam­ily, told Huisgenoot mag­a­zine last Septem­ber that the house was bought by Kruger’s fa­ther for his re­tire­ment.

“He put it in Er­win’s name with a clause stat­ing that Er­win could not sell or oc­cupy it be­fore the deaths of his fa­ther and mother. Af­ter that, he could do as he pleased,” Zur­namer said.

Er­win is one of the di­rec­tors of Pip­pie se Ge­sig­gie (Pty) Ltd, a pri­vate com­pany set up in 2012.

Gifts and do­na­tions were paid into Anice’s pri­vate ac­count from Jan­uary 2012, shortly af­ter Pip­pie was burnt.

Er­win’s per­sonal bank de­tails have also been pre­vi­ously pub­lished on so­cial me­dia as an ac­count into which donors could pay.

Anice, Er­win and Loesje Barnard, Anice’s mother, are the di­rec­tors of the com­pany. It is un­clear how much money has been paid into the fund­com­pany.

Last Au­gust, Anice told Beeld there was be­tween R3 and R4 mil­lion in the “fund”, but Er­win said last week there had never been more than R1,9 mil­lion.

In just two do­na­tions, Pop­pies vir Pip­pie (Dol­lies for Pip­pie) had raised R52 610 for Pip­pie se Ge­sig­gie (Pty) Ltd by March 2012. Ride for Pip­pie, a group of cy­clists who did the 94.7 cy­cle race to raise money, paid over R18 000.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a R20 000 dona­tion, Anice wrote on Face­book: “… I’m sit­ting on my Pappa’s lap, no longer at his feet”.

In March, she wrote: “I could have got rich and taken ev­ery dona­tion, in­stead I give and give”.

Last Au­gust, Zur­namer told eNCA news that Pip­pie se Ge­sig­gie was a reg­is­tered NPO.

The So­cial De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment had al­ready turned down an ap­pli­ca­tion to reg­is­ter the fund as a NPO last July.

How­ever, it is still pre­sented on its web­site as a NPO.

Zur­namer said an au­dit had to be com­pleted by Septem­ber, in or­der to com­ply with the law.

Now Zur­namer tells Beeld she was not aware at the time of the in­ter­view that the fund was not reg­is­tered. “Why would you ask to see the doc­u­ments if the lawyer con­firms that it has been done?” she asked.

The Kruger fam­ily lawyer, Philip Tal­jaard, told Beeld yes­ter­day that the com­pany’s an­nual fi­nan­cial state­ment has been filed.

“It is a one­page doc­u­ment and it is just to say that the com­pany still ex­ists.”

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