Students urged to hit teachers back
Pretoria - The Congress of SA Students (Cosas) on Wednesday called on schoolchildren to retaliate when they are being hit.
"We call on all students to fight fire with fire, when teachers hit you, you must hit back," provincial chairperson Ntsako Mogobe told reporters in Pretoria.
He defended his statement, saying teachers were failing in their duty to teach.
"They take this thing that we are girlfriend and boyfriend of them (sic) and they moer [hit] us."
SA Democratic Teachers' Union regional chairperson Moss Senye, also the principal of Soweto's Meadowlands High School, appeared in court on Monday for allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old pupil last month.
Soweto teachers missed school to attend Senye's hearing. The ANC called for those teachers to be fired.
Mogobe called the teachers' behaviour "childish" and insisted they be fired as the "no work, no pay" rule was "too soft".
"We call on the [Gauteng Education] MEC to fire all the teachers who hold meetings during school hours [and] all those who bunked classes to support... Moss Senye"
He charged that Sadtu in Johannesburg was led by teachers more interested in collecting their pay checks than learning and teaching.