'Holidays and golf membership' Did WC principal use school funds for own gain?

A former Cape Town school principal who alleged used school funds to pay for holidays and golf membership is still under investigation.

Last week, the outgoing chairperson of Pinelands Primary School SGB expressed concern that the former head was allowed to go on early retirement after allegedly misusing R350 000 of school funds. Speaking to Kieno Kammies on Monday morning, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department Paddy Attwel confirmed that an investigation into 'non-compliance' began last year.

The investigation didn't find any evidence of fraud, corruption or theft. T\he investigation found that the person concerned allegedly received benefits from the school governing body without the authorisation of the department, as required by the South African School's Act.

Paddy Atwell, WCED, Head of Communications

Attwel says the benefits were authorised by a certain individual within the school governing body and the principal did not have direct access to those funds.

The principal didn't have authority to access those funds but the funds were paid by a certain individual within the school governing body who has the authority to make payments from those funds. But in terms of the SA School's Act, any benefit given to a teacher has to be authorised by the department.

Paddy Atwell, WCED, Head of Communications

Attwel says the department is still considering its options on the matter, since it was unable to conduct a disciplinary process due to the principal having now retired.

There was a disciplinary hearing set-up but the person retired before the hearing could take place.

Paddy Atwell, WCED, Head of Communications

He retired on a short notice and the legal advisors found that we did not have legal basis to deny retirement.

Paddy Atwell, WCED, Head of Communications

To hear the rest of the interview with Paddy Attwel, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Holidays and golf membership' Did WC principal use school funds for own gain?


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