From principal to lawyer

WHEN Soutpan Primary principal Gordan James Daniel Witbooi, 60, walks out of school tomorrow, he will be retiring from one profession and entering another.
Witbooi plans to follow his lifelong dream of practising law.
After completing a three-year diploma from Dower College in Uitenhage, the Heathpark resident taught at several schools in Port Elizabeth and Durban before settling down at Soutpan in 1989.
As principal of Soutpan, one of Witbooi’s first missions at the school was for everyone on his staff to improve his/her qualifications.
“I did not exclude myself from that category and received my LLB degree from Vista University in 2006,” he said.
The former chairman of the labour portfolio for the Department of Education said his illustrious journey in education was filled with highlights which he wouldn’t exchange for anything.
“I have had so many highlights in education. If I had to relive my life I would definitely be a teacher again.
“It is rewarding when you see those you taught succeed in life. You know you had a hand in that success and it gives you great satisfaction,” said Witbooi.
“I want to realise my dream (of practising law) over the next five years, and then really retire. When that comes I plan to travel the world, starting with Israel.
“Initially I plan to join a group tour before buying a car and seeing the rest of the world at my own pace.”

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