Picture: Facebook, Heathfield High School

Wesley Neumann, principal at Heathfield High School will face a plea hearing on Monday at 1 pm after the WCED reportedly brought 10 transgressions against him. 

According to reports, the transgressions were brought forward when Mr Neumann went against the WCED’s directive to bring teachers and learners back to school in August 2020.

The Heathfield High School Governing Body (SGB) earlier in the year wrote a letter in support of Neumann’s decision. The letter was published in the Cape Argus, in it, the SGB called for MEC of Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schafer to be removed.

It read, “As the SGB we feel it would be irresponsible to abide by the instruction from MEC Debbie Schäfer that we send our children to school. We are not prepared for a child to become a statistic, which in turn would put more strain on the medical resources of the Western Cape which is already at breaking point.”

The SGB continued the letter saying, “Regarding her insulting statements that the schools lack leadership, we as the SGB make decisions in conjunction with our SMT and principal. If she is fully aware of the rules and regulations, she would know that the principal is part of the SGB and does not have the final say. We want to state it categorically on record that Mr Wesley Neumann (principal) has shown extraordinary leadership, not only to his staff and learners but to the broader community, and is held in extremely high esteem.”

Speaking to Refilwe Moloto on Cape Talk, SGB member Brandon De Kock confirmed that the SGB supports Mr Neumann and the body will fight this case with him to the very end.

He said, “I think its a personal attack, it is a political attack, it smacks of bullying and victimisation, dictatorship on their part. There is no entity of underprivileged schools and Mr Neuwman was trying to protect the community and the learners. he did nothing untoward during this time.”