Sadtu backs ANC secretary general for another term

2009-09-12 14:27

THE South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has reaffirmed its support for African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

Newly elected Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke declared that labour was firmly behind Mantashe despite rumblings about his removal.

He said it was wrong that every time the ANC general secretary breathed, there was not only criticism but calls for his removal.

“It is not right that the ruling party should change leadership on a regular basis, because we need stability in the ANC for it to govern,” Maluleke said.

He was speaking at the conclusion of Sadtu’s three-day national general council held at Kopanong in Benoni.

Sadtu confirmed Maluleke’s backing of Mantashe by adopting a resolution which stated that Sadtu would, through the Congress of South African Trade Unions, support the re-election of the incumbents for the top six positions of the ANC in 2012.

Sadtu president Thobile Ntola called for a return to basics and the destruction of camps within the union. “No more camps no matter how progressive they may seem,” Ntola said.

Other last-minute resolutions included an ultimatum to the Department of Basic Education to implement the occupation specific dispensation (OSD) agreement by September 30.

Ntola said the Sadtu national executive committee (NEC) would convene to develop a programme to respond should the department fail to pay teachers according to the OSD agreement.

“The NEC has been tasked to come with any action deemed appropriate, not excluding embarking on industrial action should the department fail to implement OSD,” Ntola explained.

Apart from Maluke who replaced erstwhile general secretary Thulas Nxesi who is now a parliamentarian, three others were elected into the executive committee:

Lucas Maphila is the vice president, Nkosana Dolophi becomes the deputy general secretary and Dorcas Sekabata is vice president of gender.

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