Sadtu decides to halt protest and meet MEC

2009-08-18 00:00

THE South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has put the brakes on their rolling mass action for the week pending a meeting with KwaZulu-Natal MEC Senzo Mchunu.

The meeting, which according to the union was called by Mchunu, was supposed to take place yesterday afternoon. But the union leaders, who had met as the provincial executive committee (PEC), later confirmed that the meeting would be re-scheduled for an unspecified day.

It is believed that Mchunu was held up in another meeting.

Sandile Zondi, Sadtu’s secretary for the midlands region, said the union decided to give Mchunu a chance and to hear him out. And depending on whether the meeting yields a positive response on a number of issues, in which topping the list is a call for superintendent-general Cassius Lubisi and his top brass to resign, they will decide what to do next.

“We thought it would have been inappropriate to go ahead with the strike. So it is suspended pending our meeting with the MEC. It remains suspended pending a positive response from MEC on a number of issues we’ve raised with the department.”

According Zondi, Sadtu’s PEC in the province took a decision that if they are unhappy with what Mchunu brings to the table, they will move to higher structures.

He said this means moving to the premier, Zweli Mkhize, whom they’ve heard was the one who put a stop on Lubisi’s resignation.

“… If we are unhappy with the premier we will move up to the office of the presidency and we will utilise the new line set up by the president on reporting corruption.”

Upon the request from Mchunu for the union to prioritise five top issues to discuss with him, Zondi said the union have summed up their problems in Lubisi and four of his top managers they want gone since they believe their going will lead to resolving the other problems.

The department was not available for comment.

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