Cops watch anti-Motshekga protesters

2013-04-24 10:42

More than 20 police vehicles were deployed to an open space in Marabastad, on the outskirts of Pretoria, for the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) march to the Union Buildings.

Two Nyalas, with flashing lights, arrived at the scene this morning.

The police were joined by a smaller group of Tshwane metro police officers.

Three ambulances and other emergency services vehicles were also on the scene.

Three ambulances and other emergency services vehicles were also on the scene.

About 1 000 teachers were gathered at the old Putco bus depot, West of Pretoria, to march to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum of grievances.

Buses packed with teachers were slowly trickling in from Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Free State.

Teachers are demanding the resignations of Basic Education Director-General Bobby Soobrayan and minister Angie Motshekga.

They blame the two for the Limpopo textbook saga and school closures in the Western Cape.

Teachers are also protesting Motshekga’s withdrawal from an agreement in the sector bargaining council which would have seen an increase in salaries for matric markers.

Teachers were clad in red Sadtu T-shirts and chanting songs for Motshekga and Soobrayan to vacate their posts.

They sang struggle songs blasting from a small truck filled with loudspeakers.

Sadtu expected close to 25 000 of its members to take part in marches to the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, and to Parliament, in Cape Town.

“The marches are meant to increase the pressure on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director general Bobby Soobrayan to resign from their ... positions, in defence of collective bargaining and promotion of quality public education,” Sadtu said in a statement.

Congress of SA Trade Unions president Sidumo Dlamini would lead the march in Pretoria, and his second deputy Zingiswa Losi the march in Cape Town.

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