We will respond to Sadtu's demands – Free State government

2016-04-20 17:52


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Bloemfontein – Free State MEC of police, roads and transport, Butana Komphela, on Wednesday assured the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) they would soon receive a response to their demands.

Komphela received Sadtu's memorandum on behalf of Premier Ace Magashule after union members marched to the provincial education department's offices in the Fidel Castro Building in Bloemfontein.

They called on Magashule to intervene in some of the province's education problems.

Komphela said they would respond to the memorandum before the 21-day deadline Sadtu had given, and respond to "at least 99%" of their demands.

Sea of red

Earlier on Wednesday, a sea of red T-shirts sang and danced while dozens of police cars drove in front of marchers.

Sadtu provincial secretary, Mokhuloane Moloi, said the union had called for temporary teachers to be made permanent and for all vacant posts in the province to be filled urgently.

"We are fed up as members of Sadtu. This is negatively affecting our morale and confidence in the education system.

"We have challenges in the province. A lot of schools are overcrowded and some haven't received their subsidies until now, and we have been communicating with the education MEC [Tate Makgoe] but nothing has been done," he said.

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