Freedom of expression should not be misused – Sadtu on SONA disruption

2017-02-11 08:16
(Sumaya Hisham, Pool/AP)

(Sumaya Hisham, Pool/AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – Opposition parties should not misuse the right to freedom of expression, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union said on Friday.

“This right should not impede on the right of others, and moreover the majority of South Africans who overwhelmingly voted for the ANC, to be addressed by the president,” Sadtu said in a statement.

Sadtu is a member of the Congress of SA Trade Unions, which is an alliance partner of the ANC. 

Parliament descended into chaos on Thursday night, when National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete ordered the forceful removal of the EFF’s MPs. They repeatedly interrupted President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address. 

Sadtu said Zuma’s address highlighted the sad reality of South Africa 23 years after democracy. 

“We hope the initiatives announced by the president as part of radical economic transformation will bring equity which we so long for in South Africa,” Sadtu said. 

Sadtu said the land issue directly affected teachers as many could not afford property. Part of the solution lay in challenging the hegemony of commercial banks in the housing market.

For the country to have more black graduates, a strong foundation in education, particularly at elementary level, was needed. 

Sadtu welcomed the reintroduction of specialised police units which the ANC-led government phased out in 2001.

Read more on:    sadtu  |  cape town  |  sona 2017

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


How to get rid of fleas

Before you call in the pricey exterminators, try this DIY approach that promises to get your flea problem under control.



12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.