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MBABANE – “This matter was done in a mafia style.” This was the observation of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) when issuing its ruling in the disciplinary hearing of Mbekelweni High School Head teacher Mduduzi Bhembe.

The commission has since dismissed Bhembe from the teaching service after finding him guilty on eight counts of misconduct.
Bhembe is the former President of Eswatini Principals Association, formerly known as the Swaziland Principals Association (SWAPA).
His dismissal, according to the TSC, was with effect from June 25, 2018,

“It is in the interest of the child, the school, community and the relationship with your employer that this sentence is deemed most appropriate over and above serving as a deterrent to prospective offenders,” said the commission.
Bhembe has been directed to vacate the school’s house within seven days in the event he was occupying one. He was also informed that he was entitled to apply for his personal pension contributions.

Among other charges, he was found guilty of having helped Nonstikelelo Portia Dlamini, who was a private candidate in the school to copy from Physical Science Paper III answer script belonging to Mlungisi Machawe Vilakati after the paper had been written. This is said to have happened during the 2012 SGSE Examination.

He was also found guilty of forging a signature of one of the invigilators, Ephraim Khumalo, in Mathematics Paper I and III and Physics Paper III examination answer scripts envelopes.

Bhembe is also guilty of having used Malungisa MacDonald Seyama and Jabulani Dlamini, both teachers of Information Technology (IT), as invigilators for Physical Science Paper I,  yet they were not trained to invigilate by the Examination Council of Eswatini.

The commission also found that Bhembe acted dishonestly by implicating Makhosini Fakudze, a former guard at the school to have stolen keys to the school’s office and duplicated them for purposes of stealing the examination papers.

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