CentralSAFS Education to engage Botshabelo school over witchcraft allegations
─── OLEBOGENG MOTSE 11:46 Mon, 03 May 2021
The Free State Education Department intends on engaging the different stakeholders of a Botshabelo intermediate school after allegations of witchcraft surfaced at the school in recent weeks.
Free State Education spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, tells OFM News department officials will at the start of the new school term, address the stakeholders at the unnamed intermediate school, which include teachers, members of the School Governing Body (SGB), and parents to ascertain what happened and to chart a way forward on the complex matter. Ndaba explains that the allegations centre around two educators at the school who were seen carrying out suspicious activities on the premises of the Botshabelo school.
The two educators were captured on CCTV footage pouring a strange substance or powder in front of the principal’s office and the staff room, early in the morning before school activities begin. Ndaba says despite the challenging situation, learning and teaching have been affected by the situation and it appears it will continue in that vein as schools reopen on Monday (3 May).
The South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu) in the Free State has also weighed in on the situation, telling OFM News the two educators are not safe at that school presently. Provincial Secretary, Moloi Mokholoane, says parents and the community at large need to be educated on the issue so that the safety of the educators is guaranteed. The two teachers have not been suspended over the matter and according to Ndaba continue to go to work.
This is a developing story.