‘I won’t be bought’



September 13, 2016
‘I won’t be bought’

MATTER OF PRINCIPLE: Former principal Brian Isaacs, 62

Sacked high school principal claims the WCED offered him 'retirement with full benefits'.

Former South Peninsula High School principal, Brian Isaacs, isn’t going down without a fight.

The 62-year-old educator says the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) tried to intimidate him by paying him off with a vet retirement package.

Isaacs says he refused the offer.

“WCED tried to buy me off. WCED offered me a retirement with full benefits but I had to leave school immediately, I refuse to be bought off,” he told the Cape Argus.

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer denies Isaacs’ allegations, her spokeswoman Jessica Shelver saying there’s been no intimidation from them.

“In view of the fact that there were several matters involving Mr Isaacs and the Department, without prejudice and confidential settlement negotiations were conducted between the lawyers acting for both parties to try and reach an agreement that would be in the best interest of both parties,” says Shelver.

She adds: “It was felt that these matters could take a lot of time and money to resolve if not settled and that it would be preferable to reach an agreement to settle all disputes and pending disciplinary cases against Mr Isaacs.”

On Friday, the WCED dismissed the outspoken principal’s appeal against his sacking, ending Isaacs’ more than 30-year tenure as head of the school.

Schäfer announced her decision to dismiss his appeal and released a document outlining her findings.

But Isaacs has hit back with new claims.

Isaacs says: “Mine is not a monetary fight but is based on a principled stance.”

“Money cant buy me, if WCED wanted to exonerate me from charges if I will retire, then what is the basis for firing me in the first place? This is intimidation and victimisation,” says Isaacs.

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