True or false: this school is illegal and must be shut down

11 February 2020 - 08:00 By Prega Govender
Joost Zeelie, director and owner of Hanniel Primary in Nigel, and his daughter, Jani Zeelie, who is a teacher and also acting principal of the private school which has not been registered with the Gauteng education department.
Joost Zeelie, director and owner of Hanniel Primary in Nigel, and his daughter, Jani Zeelie, who is a teacher and also acting principal of the private school which has not been registered with the Gauteng education department.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi

Joost Zeelie is 56 years old, a former policeman, a self-taught maths teacher and the director of an unregistered private school – one of the dozens the education department has warned parents about.

“I love maths and I was a good maths student at school,” said Zeelie, who has been operating the Hanniel Primary School in Nigel, on Johannesburg’s East Rand, for the past three years.

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