TAFELKOP – Parents of learners at Jack Morare Primary School in Tafelkop outside Groblersdal embarked on a march in protest demanding the removal of Principal Thomas Mabelane and the School Governing Body.
The angry parents alleged the principal was implicated in the loss of R1.2 million donated by the National Lottery.
They also said that the principal allegedly colluded in the illegal sale of school property, a 5000lt water tank, to one of the School Governing Body executives.
The parents further accused the principal and the SGB of sideling them when raising opposing views and threatening them with violence during meetings.
According to the parents there has been a considerable decline in enrolment of learners as a result of poor management at the school.
They said they were “fed up” with the principal not allegedly following procurement procedures and not accounting to parents during meetings.
On Wednesday they protested outside the school and vowed not to allow the principal to enter the premises and demanded the SGB to be dissolved.
Kgabele Matsepe, a community leader, said they handed over the memorandum of demands at the school, which was received by Head of Department, Tshidi Legodi.
Matsepe said they gave the school 14 days to respond to all issues stipulated in the memorandum and said failure to do, the community would take a decisive action moving forward.
“The situation is bad at the school in such that for the past three years, children were not able to partake in any extramural activities. Parents are starting to feel they undermined in a school that belongs to the community. They saw a need to stand up and ensure proper education for their children,” concluded Matsepe.
Sam Makodo, Limpopo Department of Education Spokesperson, said allegations such as these were normally investigated before actions could be taken and called for protestors not to disrupt schooling and allow for allegations to be probed through proper channels.