Cape Town - Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has been lambasted by some Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School (RGJS) parents after she said the only black teacher at the school, who was coerced to resign, was treated fairly.
Grade 5 teacher and former RGJS pupil Nozipho Mthembu said she was unfairly discriminated against and asked to resign by the school principal, Di Berry, or face a disciplinary hearing for reasons she has yet to be informed about.
Mthembu, who started teaching at the school in January, was told that certain parents were not happy with her competency as a teacher and she was put on an “eight-point competency plan” by the school, which other teachers were not privy to. Mthembu was later invited into an unconventional meeting with the school principal, where her phone was taken away and she was asked to voluntarily resign or face a disciplinary hearing.
Mthembu then launched a complaint of unfair labour practice and discrimination with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and it was acknowledged by the commission that unfair labour practices were used by the school.
Schäfer responded to the news about the teacher being let go due to discrimination, saying: “The point of departure is that if a person of colour is dismissed, it must be racism.