Tension palpable at Sadtu congress

2010-10-06 15:04

Tension between members of the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) and government was palpable for most of the day today at the union’s congress.

Earlier, union members booed and heckled Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga when Sadtu leader Thobile Ntola acknowledged her presence at the teachers union gathering.

The minister was supposed to address the delegates who gathered for a four-day congress but it was later announced that she would address the gathering tomorrow.

Instead, her deputy, Enver Surty, delivered the message of support.

When Surty stood up to speak, a group of delegates started singing “Mabhunu amnyama nisenzel’iwari” (Black boers you are causing us stress).

The tension between the Cosatu-affiliated teachers date back to the civil service strike that crippled government service in August.

Addressing the gathering earlier, Ntola accused the education department bureaucracy of being “lazy” and “useless”.

He said there was nothing in their behaviour that indicated “that education is a priority”.

The congress, Ntola said, should oppose an ANC national general council resolution calling on teachers to be barred from standing as councillors in the 2011 municipal elections.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.