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ELRCNetwerk24 reports that the Free State Department of Education received a tongue lashing from an Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) commissioner, who ordered the reinstatement of Fanie Roeloffze, the dismissed principal of Laerskool Wilgehof in Bloemfontein.  

It was also ordered to pay Roeloffze’s full salary of R629,000 for the 17 months since he was dismissed.  The department dismissed Roeloffze in January 2015 after he was suspended in June 2013 following an outcry about an old SA flag and photos of a monkey and Julius Malema displayed in a classroom.  The teacher involved was also suspended and then dismissed.  Roeloffze testified that he did not know about the presence of the flag and the photos.  The commissioner ruled that the department approached Roeloffze’s case from a “highly emotional and political stance” and that it was never shown that his work had been inadequate or neglected or that the administration and discipline at the school had been poor. (Report loosely translated from Afrikaans)

  • Read this report by Mike Van Rooyen in full in Afrikaans at Netwerk24 (limited access)


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