Office of the Premier 14/10/2020 - 18:47
The Gauteng Department of Education has fired Parktown Boys High School principal Malcolm Williams nine months after the death of Grade 8 pupil Enock Mpianzi, who drowned at the Nyati Bush and Riverbreak Lodge in the North West.
"Mr Williams has been charged with three allegations of misconduct emanating from an incident which occurred on 15 January 2020 where he unjustifiably prejudiced the administration, discipline or efficiency of the Department," said the department's spokesperson, Steve Mabona.
Williams was found guilty on two allegations of misconduct out of the three he faced.
The allegations he was found guilty of were that: firstly, he unjustifiably prejudiced the administration, discipline or efficiency of the department by undertaking a Grade 8 orientation camp without prior approval. Secondly, he failed to ensure that a correct roll call for all pupils who went to the excursion was maintained.
On the third allegation, which set out that he endangered the lives of pupils by failing to ensure all boys had life jackets, he was found not guilty.
Mabona said that it was important to note that the principal was only found guilty for the first two allegations, and subsequently not guilty of the third allegation.
"The the Presiding Officer had, after careful consideration of mitigating and aggravating circumstance, dismissed him accordingly.
"Therefore, he has a right to appeal to the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) against the findings by the Presiding Officer within five working days of his receiving of the dismissal notice," said Mabona.
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