Reports of assault in teacher strike

2010-08-19 11:50

Johannesburg - Several incidents of assaults, damage to property and intimidation at schools have been reported during the public servants’ strike already, the department of education said on Thursday.

While the department was still compiling how schools around the country were affected, reports of assaults in the Eastern Cape were received since Wednesday, while most of the schools were shut down during the strike, national department of education spokesperson Granville Whittle said.

He said 50% of the data from provinces have been received since Wednesday.

He said from the information received it was established around 110 000 teachers were taking part in the strike.

The government has offered public service workers a 7% salary hike and a R700 housing allowance while public sector unions demanded an 8.6% increase and R1 000 housing allowance.

Most public sector unions announced national strike actions earlier this week.
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