Johannesburg – A campaign aimed at defaming Cynthia Masela, the woman who blew the whistle on a Carletonville no-fee school that was charging school fees, has intensified.
Masela is the mother of one of the pupils at Letsatsing Combined School, and spoke out against what she saw happening – and then became victimised.
She was targeted in a campaign in which flyers emblazoned with her photograph and contact details were distributed, advertising “jobs” to girls between the ages of 12 and 18 to become prostitutes.
Now another flyer campaign has surfaced – this time advertising abortion services, purportedly by Masela.
The new flyer, which also carries Masela’s picture, her home address and cellphone number, says she’s also an “expert” at helping women so that a man falls for them and doesn’t stray.
Masela, who has a Grade 9 child at the school, said she suspected the flyers had to do with her being outspoken about parents being forced to pay school fees despite the fact that it’s illegal for a no-fee school to do so.
She has opened a case of crimen injuria.
In addition to being forced to pay schools fees, parents with children at the school said that if they failed to pay up, the school withheld the children’s reports.
The school requires parents with children in Grade R to pay R150 a month. Fees for grades 1 to 12, which are paid annually, increase as the child rises up the grades, with Grade 12 parents being required to pay R960 a year for school fees.