ELANDSDOORIN – The management of Kgothala Secondary School at Elandsdoorin in Moutse outside Groblersdal and the Mathibela family who stayed in a shack at the school’s premises have finally smoked a peace pipe.
This after the management of the school recently ordered gogo Mariam Mathibela and her grandchildren to immediately vacate the premises after allegedly accusing her of stealing water and electricity there.
According to the family, gogo Mathibela had been staying at the school’s premises since 1972 and played a pivotal role in providing care for the school from cleaning to clearing the grounds.
The family said the 71 year-old pensioner stayed at the school with her grandchildren aged between 09 and 32 years old who are solely dependent on her pension grant.
“Gogo has been staying on the school grounds for many years and she took care of the premises through guarding against vandals, cleaning and clearing grounds. We recently were informed by the management of the school that the education department did not approve of gogo’s staying at the school; and some were complaining that gogo was using the school’s water and electricity,” explained gogo Mathibela’s daughter who did not want her name published.
The family member said they recently met with the school’s management including the SGB and other community stakeholders to further discuss the matter.
“We met and as a family we have decided that gogo move out of the school’s premises as her staying there was now becoming a problem for others. What was the problem was when the management of the school ordered her to vacate the premises with immediate effect, when we had no money,” said the family member.
She said they have now found a place for gogo and the grandchildren to stay and they would be moving them out soon.
“There is no longer a problem and we informed the school in a recent meeting that we will be moving gogo out of the premises to a place we have managed to buy for her,” said the family member.
When the matter hit the public domain recently, members of the community of Elandsdoorin were livid that the education department intended evicting the pensioner without finding an alternative place for her and the grandchildren.
Attempts to get comment from the education department were not successful at the time of going to press.