'Nobody should be humiliated' - Lesufi apologises to Theresapark principal

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has condemned the behaviour of disgruntled parents at Laerskool Theresapark in Pretoria, after they forcefully removed the principal from her office.

FILE: Lesufi visited the Pretoria school on Friday, where he discouraged disgruntled parents from taking matters into their own hands.. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education Mec Panyaza Lesufi has condemned the behaviour displayed by parents of pupils at Laerskool Theresapark, saying it sets a disgraceful precedent on how matters should be handled.

Lesufi visited the Pretoria school on Friday, where he discouraged disgruntled parents from taking matters into their own hands.

Parents attempted to remove the principal from the school premises for allegedly abusing other educators and running the school into financial ruin.

READ: Lesufi condemns violent behaviour of parents at Laerskool Theresapark

In a video that's caught the MEC's attention, a group of parents were captured carrying Dorothy Mabaso out of the administration office with a chair after which she fell on to the ground.

Lesufi said the parents displayed disruptive behaviour.

“The act of violence that was displayed in the school should not be encouraged and should be condemned by all, unanimously. All the issues that have been raised, we will put a process to investigate. We will put a forensic investigation to check the finances of the school, and we are putting up an independent firm to investigate all the allegations of bullying, resignations, and whatever else that was happening at the school.”

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He said the principal is on leave following the ordeal.

“The principal is on leave, so I went to visit her purely because I believe any other person should not be humiliated in public – especially if that person is playing a role on behalf of government. I have apologised to her about what has happened at the school and I have assigned the district team to get the report that we have commissioned.”

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