NHLANGANO: Mlondi Mkhonta, the former Nhlangano High School Principal has been implicated in an E3.5million mess, after he organised a school trip to Cape Town that never took place.
As a result, parents are now demanding their refund of E5000.00 per student but no one among the school administration wants to take responsibility and pay back the money.
An independent investigation by this Swaziland News uncovered that the former Principal allegedly engaged a travel agent who was organizing the trip, the whereabouts of the agent could not be ascertained at the time of compiling this report.
The school has about 800 students and this Swaziland News gathered that the whole trip was worth around E3.5million, however, some of the students had not paid when the trip was terminated.
Reached for comments, Jabu Hlophe, the Nhlangano High Principal confirmed the matter but advised this publication to contact her predecessor for more answers, saying the matter was now handled by her superiors.
“It’s true, we have engaged parents over this matter, but there’s nothing I can say because the matter is now handled by my superiors, please talk to Mkhonta who can respond to some of your questions,”she said.
But Mlondi Mkhonta, the implicated ex-Principal, when speaking to this Swaziland News said Hlophe was the rightful person to comment on the matter.
“I have no information on the matter you are asking me about, there was a Committee that was put in place to handle the issue, it’s best that you contact the current Principal. All I can say is; there was a Committee that was handling the trip and I have no information. The current Principal can assist you,” he said.
It has been established that angry parents approached the Shiselweni Regional Education Officer(REO) over the matter as they demand their refunds from the school. This was confirmed by Siboniso Gumbi, the Shiselweni REO when reached for comments by this publication.
“ I can confirm that Nhlangano High School parents approached REO office concerning the matter of a cancelled Cape Town trip, we are currently dealing with it. I have met the parents, the school administration and members of the school committee. This matter seemes to be a challenging one as it is alleged that the money was collected by an agent who was involved in organizing the trip. But the good name of Nhlangano High School must be protected, we cannot leave the issue like this, what happened was negligence,” said the REO.
Nhlangano High School students