The Western Cape Education Department is investigating the “disappearance” of Lotto money which was donated to a school.
It is alleged that more than R200 000 has gone missing from the school’s coffers due to mismanagement by the principal and some members of the School Governing Body (SGB).
Some of this money was allegedly used for an illicit “joyride” to Durban last year, says Caroline Wood, the former SGB vice-chairperson of Emil Weder Secondary School in Genadendal.
“Daar gaan duistere dinge aan,” she tells the Daily Voice.
The mom claims that principal Rodney Cupido, the SGB chairman, and three others went on a trip to buy a school bus last year, something that was allegedly never approved by the SGB.
“They went to buy a bus in Gauteng during the school holidays and approximately R20 000 was spent on accommodation and pocket money for them,” says Wood.
“Then on the way back they took a joyride to Durban and claimed a further R10 000 for petrol.
“When we asked questions about it, we were told it’s sub judice because the matter is being investigated.”
Now Wood is wondering where is the Lotto money that was donated to the school. It was supposed to be used for upgrading the rugby field, but that has not happened.
Wood claims the school had more than R2 million in investments, but is currently platsak.
“We asked questions but never received any answers,” says Wood.
She believes money is either being squandered or siphoned by some people in authority.
Referring to the school’s hostel, she says: “I had a look at the statements and noticed that nearly R90 000 was spent in March 2015 on groceries and other stuff.
“We compared this to another school’s hostel where they have more learners and also charge more for boarding.
“That school only spent R64 000 per term. If this hostel is managed properly, it could be a source of income instead of such a big expense.”
Principal Cupido referred all enquiries to the WCED’s offices.
WCED spokesperson Millicent Merton says an internal investigation into the allegations is still under way.