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Lefusi condemns violent behavior of parents at Laerskool Theresapark

Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) have condemned the behaviour of parents at Laerskool Theresapark for throwing out school principal Dorothy Mabaso out of her office on Thursday.

A video taken by one of the parents shows angry parents carrying the school principal with her office chair out of the administration office before she falls off the chair.

Gauteng SADTU said it is outraged by the violent criminal behaviour meted out against the principal of the Laerskool Theresapark school.

“This barbaric action has been widely shared through a video clip circulating on social media platforms.

“She sustained injuries during this unacceptable incident,” said Provincial Secretary of SADTU Tseliso Ledimo.

Ledimo said parents have made claims that the principal is running the school into financial ruin and has allegedly abused teachers who have resorted to leaving the school.

GDE MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the provincial department has launched an investigation into these allegations made by parents.

“The violent and disruptive behaviour of some parents is unacceptable, parents have a right to be aggrieved and raise concerns, however not in this manner,” said Lesufi.

Lesufi said some of the parents are part of the School Governing Body (SGB) and the behaviour is worrying.

“This is a new SGB and if this is how they deal with issues, then it is very worrisome,” added Lesufi.

The MEC said he will visit the principal who is at home after she was booked off for seven days by her doctor.

Lesufi will also meet with school management on Friday afternoon.

“Parents said they have been sending communication regarding issues at the school which I have not received because if I did, I would have attended the issue,” said Lesufi. 

Ledimo said whatever differences the parents have with the principal these do not justify violence to resolve them.

“Everyone has a fundamental right to dignity as enshrined in our Constitution, not such humiliation. All our schools must be safe havens protected against these criminal elements,” said Ledimo.

Ledimo called on the Gauteng department of education to provide the necessary support to the school principal and those who have been traumatized by this unfortunate situation.

The GDE must also investigate the matter and take appropriate action. Furthermore, we call on the law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter and subject those who are found to be responsible to the might of the law.

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