Cape Town - “They have already buried me, now they want to stand on my grave.”
This was sacked South Peninsula High School principal Brian Isaacs’s response to an email warning him he could face legal action if he doesn’t stay away from the Diep River school.
Isaacs was found guilty of various charges of misconduct this year and the presiding officer recommended his dismissal. He lodged an appeal with Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer and this month she announced his appeal had been dismissed.
In the email, sent to Isaacs’s attorney on September 15, the director of legal advisory services in the Department of the Premier states it had come to light Isaacs “occupied” the office of the principal on September 13.
It also states Isaacs had addressed a staff meeting and called a meeting of parents and former pupils in the school hall.
“I confirmed that it is the WCED’s (Western Cape Education Department) position (and indeed the position in law) that last week’s appeal outcome has the effect of confirming, and implementing, his dismissal, irrespective of any anticipated challenges at the Education Labour Relations Council or Labour Court.
“Mr Isaacs, therefore, has no legitimate business on the school premises and the WCED will consequently, in its capacity as employer and land owner’, instruct the principal and faculty staff to not allow Mr Isaacs further access to the school.
“Any future contravention of this arrangement will leave the WCED no choice but to pursue legal action to prevent him from further disrupting school and teaching activities.”
Spokesman Paddy Attwell said: “We can confirm the WCED’s legal representative communicated the department’s position (to) his attorney. The department will consider its options should Mr Isaacs interfere with school and teaching activities again.”
Isaacs told the Cape Argus the department was continuing to victimise him.
He said he visited the school to thank the community for their support for 38 years and to get things from his office.
“I have never tried to disrupt the school programme. The department continues to try to victimise me. As long as the school wants me there, I will provide assistance.”
Attwell said the department was not victimising Isaacs and had responded to information it had received.
When announcing the appeal decision this month, Schafer had said it only related to the first of two disciplinary hearings.