Dlamini slams Sadtu over ‘Angie’s panties’

2013-05-02 08:42

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has lambasted South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu) members for disrespecting Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Dlamini was speaking during a May Day rally held at the Port St John’s sports grounds in the Eastern Cape yesterday.

She told hundreds of union members affiliated to Cosatu, which includes Sadtu, that by showing what they claimed was Motshekga’s panties when they protested last week, they had disrespected and humiliated the minister.

“When you start to show panties, saying they belong to our female leaders, you are effectively touching the private parts of our women.

“You are being personal. We should not be treated as beggars in our own country. It’s not fair,” she said.

She said woman had participated in the struggle and deserved the same respect afforded to men.

Dlamini also called on workers to campaign and vote for the ANC in next year’s elections.

She said the DA was “lurking in the corner” and posing a serious threat to the ANC.

The workers came from all over the OR Tambo region, painting the small tourist town of Port St John’s red and singing revolutionary slogans.

Dlamini slammed the DA, calling it “an enemy and counter-revolutionaries”.

She called for unity in the alliance of the ANC, SACP and Cosatu and said leaders should refrain from fighting in the media.

“Let us not hang our linen in public. Our differences should not be antagonistic, but should be constructive,” Dlamini said.

South African Communist Party leader and former Sadtu Eastern Cape provincial secretary Fezeka Loliwe said what happed in Marikana on August 16 last year was an example of the violation of worker’s rights.

Loliwe called for an end to labour brokers and said capitalists were now hiding behind the flag of the ANC.

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