Sadtu members march to DoE

2015-05-14 06:00
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A GROUP of South African Democratic Teachers Union members from the Mbuso Shabalala region, representing more than 9 000 members, protested outside the Department of Education Ugu District office on Thursday afternoon.

They said they are still waiting for answers from head office on a memorandum they submitted on 15 April, 2013.

They are also calling for the removal of education district director Mfundo Sibiya.

Sibiya and certain principals from the South Coast is out on bail for allegedly ordering a hit on Sadtu­’s Lower South Coast chairperson Nkosinathi Zondi, who blew the whistle on what he said was a “posts for sale” scheme run by Sibiya.

Mbuso Shabala Region secretary Silondolozile Nkwanyana said this was an insult to them as employees of the department.

“This is an insult to us because we were expecting the department’s intervention,” she said.

Nkwanyana said Zondi’s assassination was an attempt to silence members.

“Sadtu is a union that carries the interests of members, not indivi- duals,” said Nkwanyana.

Dr Nzama, an official, met with the group and asked for a memorandum.

The members advised him that they were not marching, but expected to be in a meeting to discuss the demands of the memorandum.

They also called for the Ugu district director to be removed from his position should he fail to address their long-standing demands.

Some of the issues raised in the 2013 memorandum included­ undermining collective bargaining, undermining decisions and programmes agreed upon at higher levels and that the Ugu district director be investigated for the murder of one of their members.

“Our main demand is for the immediate removal of district director Mfundo Sibiya and we are giving the department 14 days to respond,” said Nkwanyana.

On Monday union members went back to the district office threatening to remove Sibiya from the offices themselves.

Port Shepstone SAPS and law enforcement officers monitored the situation

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