Education offices picketed

2009-08-13 00:00

THE KZN Education Department in Burger Street was brought to a standstill yesterday as staff in the midlands, among them teachers, principals, FET College lecturers, school inspectors and clerks, picketed outside the head office.

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) and its members have vowed non- stop protest action until the department addresses their demands. Top of the list is the dismissal of the superintendent-general, Cassius Lubisi, and five of his top officials.

They are accused of mismanagement; contributing to the high rate of matric failures in the province; corruption in the tender and procurement processes; and double standards in dealing with misconduct within the department.

The corruption allegations involve R1,5 million that the union said was injected monthly into the now defunct Remant Alton bus company, but which cannot be accounted for; and more than R200 million paid to stationery supplier Indiza Motswedi, a matter currently before the courts.

The protesters claim that as a result of the corruption, their demands for a decent monthly wage of R4 500 cannot be met. They say the superintendent of education management and the deputy chief education specialists will not get an upgrade as in other provinces, while FET workers will forgo their occupation-specific dispensation because the money deposited for this has been frittered away by the department.

Offices in the lower south coast are to be picketed tomorrow.

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