- The Gauteng department of education has confirmed that the principal of Sandringham High has not reported for work since schools reopened on Tuesday
- Phillip du Plessis was last seen at the Carnival City near Brakpan on 4 July
- Brakpan police have confirmed a missing person case has been opened and are investigating the matter
The Gauteng Department of Education has confirmed that the principal of the Sandringham High School, Phillip du Plessis, has not reported for work since schools reopened on Tuesday. The department has additionally confirmed that du Plessis has been reported as missing.
Du Plessis was reportedly last seen at the Carnival City shopping centre and casino complex near Brakpan on 4 July. CCTV footage allegedly reveals du Plessis entering the complex wearing a grey tracksuit but authorities have yet to locate footage of him leaving the complex. His car was found in the parking lot of the complex.
Brakpan police have confirmed that a missing person case been opened and said officers were investigating the matter.
Briefly.co.za gathered that du Plessis was driving a school vehicle at the time of his disappearance from Carnival City. The vehicle has since been recovered and swept for any potential evidence.
EWN.co.za reported that police investigations have been hampered due to du Plessis living alone. Law-enforcement officials went to the home but found no trace of du Plessis in the house.
Officers managed to speak to du Plessis’ sister’s son who is the only family member who has any contact with him.
The police have not commented on whether they found any evidence or clues at du Plessis home.
The education department said teachers at Sandringham became worried when du Plessis failed to report for duty or contact anyone on Tuesday. The department said that the start of the new term and teaching activities at the school had not been affected by the incident.
The department has offered psychological support to learners and staff at the school should they require it.
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