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Gauteng Education to seek legal advice following reinstatement of Parktown Boys principal

NYAKALLO TEFU|

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE)said it is seeking legal advice following the reinstatement of the Parktown Boys High School principal, Malcolm Williams.

Williams was dismissed in December 2020 for his role in the events that led to the death of Grade 8 learner, Enock Mpianzi, during a school outing that was not sanctioned by the department.

The incident led to Williams being charged with three counts of misconduct, two of which were upheld following disciplinary proceedings.

The first allegation was that he unjustifiably prejudiced the administration, discipline, or efficiency of the department by undertaking a school excursion without prior approval.

The second allegation was that he failed to ensure that a correct rollcall for all the pupils who went on the camp was maintained.

READ: Forensic Report into Enock Mpianzi’s Death Finds the Lodge, Parktown Boys’ High Teachers Liable and Negligent

On Wednesday, the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC)ordered that the department allow Williams to commence with his duties.

“The ELRC decided that Mr Williams must be reinstated and reimbursed for the salary he did not receive for the six months that he has not been paid,” said GDE spokesperson Steve Mabona.

Williams is set to receive an amount of R285,594 — equivalent to six months of his salary by July 30.

Williams argued that his dismissal on two counts of alleged misconduct was substantively and procedurally unfair.

Mabona said Gauteng education is disappointed by this decision taken by the ELRC and that, as a department they will seek legal advice on what action to take.

“We are studying the decision and seeking legal counsel on the matter. We are not fully happy with the outcome but also realise that this matter has been dragging for too long, negatively affecting those involved,” said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

READ: MEC Panyaza Lesufi says Gauteng government won’t oppose Enoch Mpianzi R10m lawsuit

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