School principal who sent pupil into pit toilet to retrieve cellphone sent packing

Dismissed school principal Lubeko Lennox Mgandela, 49, stands accused of instructing a pupil to extract his phone from a pit latrine.
Dismissed school principal Lubeko Lennox Mgandela, 49, stands accused of instructing a pupil to extract his phone from a pit latrine.
Image: Ziyanda Zweni

The principal of Luthuthu Junior Secondary School in Ugie was booted by his employee for instructing a minor pupil to retrieve his phone from a pit toilet in March.

On Tuesday education spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima confirmed to the Dispatch that Lubeko Mgandela had been fired.

Mgandela, 49, has appealed his dismissal.

“He was given 30 days until end of April to appeal the decision,” Mtima said.

Mgandela has a pending case of child abuse and is out on R2,500 bail.

National prosecuting authority spokesperson Luxolo Tyali confirmed Mgandela was back in the Tsolo magistrate court on Monday for his trial.

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