The Democratic Alliance(DA) in Klerksdorp North West had laid criminal charges last week against the principal, deputy principal and Finance manager from a Khuma school, after serious allegations of financial misconduct was exposed.
The DA said members of the community and School Governing Body (SGB) are equally concerned about the financial state of the school.
The DA spokesperson on Education, Gavin Edwards, told the Lentswe community newspaper that it is alleged that the principal authorised requisitions for the purchase of liquor and other goods that were claimed back from the school's funds. Other allegations include the forging of the SGB Chairperson's signature on a requisition claim, educators submitting travel claims of up to R7000 in one month and the finance manager receiving a stipend of R3000 without a resolution from the SGB.
Gavin Edwards stated that it is in contravention with the schools Act that a member of the SGB receives any renumeration from section 21 funding. He further added that all the allegations are in contravention with the schools Act and warrants an urgent investigation.
Edwards concluded by saying:"Allegations that the principal was transferred to this school after being involved in financial misconduct at this previous school of employment, is a serious concern that calls for investigation and disciplinary action. Due to the devastating impact of the lockdown, parents struggle to pay school fees and schools therefore cannot afford any financial losses. The MEC must urgently intervene to avoid any further financial losses and recover misappropriated funds."
Elias Malindi, the Provincial Education spokesperson, said the matter is still under investigation.
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