Of a truth, corruption has ceased to be a political affair as most people in almost all the phases in the country indulge in one corrupt practices or the other.
Suffice it to say that most people have termed corruption a ‘monster’ that must be stabbed to death, just like racism and other societal-ills.
The need to fight corruption at all levels and at all times (irrespective of who is involved) cannot be over-emphasized. Hence, the need to stand up for honesty, integrity, transparency and truth.
Minister Angie Motshekga Discloses Number Of Corrupt Principals
Therefore, warring tentacles against corruption are ‘strongly’ advised to extend their fight to other sectors that make up the government – health, education, trade and industry, transport, security and what have you.
Just recently, South Africa’s Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed that nearly 400 principals were investigated for corruption in Gauteng and Limpopo, between 2011 and 2015.
According to Motshekga, the aforementioned number doesn’t represent other provinces because other provincial heads of department could not make their data available.
She however noted in her written parliamentary question that the Free State and Western Cape, are the two provinces where no principles has been investigated for corruption.
Minister Angie Motshekga added that between 2011 and 2015, no principal was criminally charged, convicted or dismissed in Free State and Western Cape.
Meanwhile, the principal of Shingwedzi Secondary School in Limpopo is currently being investigated, having being suspended on full pay.
Also, Brian Isaacs, a principal and former anti-apartheid activist was recently found guilty of “giving false statements concerning his employer” and publishing false statements against the Western Cape Education Department.
He said during an interview in 2013: “We are a questioning school. As a school‚ we love what we are doing and we want to give our students the best opportunity‚ even if it means clashing with the authorities.”
However, the suspended head of South Peninsula High School‚ is regarded as a hero by many for his activism and maintaining a 99% pass rate at South Peninsula High School, having garnered 39 years teaching experience.
Isaacs was suspended by the department in March after assaulting a pupil and dubbing another ‘scum’. He had frequently clashed with education authorities and was previously found guilty of gross misconduct for criticising a government.
In one of his public address system broadcasts to pupils‚ he criticised the government for spending R250-million on President Jacob Zuma’s compound at Nkandla.
Asked why he did that said, “It was a serious thing. I said there is no way I can support a R250-million renovation of the president’s private home.”
Also, the school’s neighbours‚ including an old age home and hospital in the suburb of Diep River‚ have complained bitterly about his load broadcasts and accused him of disturbing the peace.
However, Isaacs is not standing as president of the Progressive Principals’ Association and principal of Spine Road High School Riyaadh Najaar, has vowed to support his colleague.