Durban school still without principal after drug bust action was 'too rough'

11 February 2019 - 11:27 By Suthentira Govender
Effingham Secondary School in Durban is still without its principal after pupils demanded that he leave after allegedly using heavy-handed tactics. (File photo)
Effingham Secondary School in Durban is still without its principal after pupils demanded that he leave after allegedly using heavy-handed tactics. (File photo)
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It's been two weeks since a Durban principal was run out of school after being accused by pupils and parents of using heavy-handed tactics to deal with drug dealing on the premises.

Inderan Govender was escorted by police from Effingham Secondary, north of Durban, two weeks ago after pupils protested at the school. 

It is alleged that five men removed certain pupils from their classrooms, accused them of drug dealing, then stripped and assaulted them with knuckle-dusters.

A video of Govender being escorted by police out of the school went viral on social media.

KwaZulu-Natal education department spokesman Kwazi Mthethwa said they had called on pupils to stop interfering with the daily running of the school.

"The circuit manager has visited the school to deal with the situation. At the right time a report will be submitted to us. The department of education in KZN aims to create an enabling, conducive, safe environment for all learners," said Mthethwa.


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