Lesufi warns communities against using schools to settle scores

The Human Rights Commission is holding the four-day process in Johannesburg following ongoing disruptions sparked by the appointment of a black principal.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has warned communities against using schools to settle their differences with the government.

Lesufi has given his submission at the hearings investigating allegations of racial discrimination at the Klipspruit West Secondary school in particular and the greater Eldorado Park area in general.

The Human Rights Commission is holding the four-day process in Johannesburg following ongoing disruptions sparked by the appointment of a black principal.

Lesufi says school governing bodies are tasked with appointing and running schools and should be left to carry out their duties.

“This is a professional post and it must be through appropriate professional ways that the principal must be appointed.”

He says this was not the case at Klipspruit West Secondary. Instead, community members started meddling in school matters.

“So, if you have an organisation that clearly defines itself as a business forum and it challenges the process of appointment of a principal.”

The MEC has emphasised the appointment of school principal's lies solely with school governing bodies and the head of the department.

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