An acting principal who shared a kickback on a textbook order with a school governor has failed to overturn his dismissal by the Free State education department.
RJ Segalo lost his R33,000-a-month job at Ditholwana Primary in Botshabelo after splitting a R6,000 kickback with the chairperson of the governing body, according to an Education Labour Relations Council finding.
Segalo told arbitrator AW Howden he did not realise the money was a bribe or that accepting it was against the law. But Howden said: “This in itself is dishonesty.”
Former governing body chair Ms S Mifi told the arbitrator that treasurer Ms M Molupe asked her and Segalo to co-sign a R50,000 cheque for the books, saying the supplier would “compensate” them.
She later met the supplier at an ATM and he handed over R6,000. She kept R2,000 and gave Segalo R4,000, which he kept when Molupe declined to take her share.
Molupe said she had an agreement with Segalo and Mifi to buy books from someone who would pay a kickback. She did not want to take her share until the books were delivered, but this never happened.