Complaints to be aired with march

2016-04-06 06:00
UP IN ARMS: The fuming students and lecturers of the Maluti Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Qwaqwa during their illegal strike on Monday, 14 March.   Photo: Tladi Moloi

UP IN ARMS: The fuming students and lecturers of the Maluti Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Qwaqwa during their illegal strike on Monday, 14 March. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – A big march is expected on Wednesday (06/04) in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, where the students and workers, specifically lecturers, of the Maluti Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College will hand over a memorandum of complaints to management on the main campus.

The march is scheduled to start at 08:00 at the Itemoheleng Campus. The masses will then be escorted by the police to the main campus about 2 km to 3 km away.

Among the issues highlighted in the memorandum are:

  • a shortage of infrastructure;
  • a severe shortage of cleaning staff;
  • a severe shortage of lecturers and textbooks;
  • a failure to replace staff on leave;
  • a shortage of clean drinking water;
  • the awarding of a tender to a security company from abroad;
  • nepotism;
  • the unnecessary movement of programmes and students;
  • victimisation and a lack of professionalism;
  • the non-payment of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits; and
  • alleged fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Express Eastern Free State, in the edition of 16 March (“Lecturers want principal gone”) reported on classes having been interrupted by lecturers and students who had taken to the streets. The lecturers wanted to hand over the memorandum to the management of the college at that stage, but no one was available to receive it.

The lecturers have since applied for a formal march and have been granted permission for this.

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