Sadtu condemns bad conduct

2013-04-27 09:26

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The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) criticised the conduct of some of its members during a protest march.

Sadtu spokesman Mugwena Maluleke said yesterday the union noted concerns regarding the portrayal of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga during the march in Pretoria on Wednesday.

“[We are] a non-sexist organisation that seeks to promote equity and equality. We therefore cannot condone such an act,” Maluleke said.

This comes after the government said it was shocked by the behaviour of protesters, who publicly displayed a piece of underwear attributed to Motshekga.

“This kind of behaviour... infringes the rights of women, which are enshrined in our hard fought for Constitution,” acting government spokeswoman Phumla Williams said after the march.

Maluleke said all paraphernalia commissioned for the march was solely in support of their demands.

“Posters and pamphlets sanctioned by [us] had the union’s logo. Our march was in defence of collective bargaining and the promotion of quality public education.”

The union said it was pleased with the turnout at the march in Pretoria, as well as at the march in Cape Town.

“Thousands of members took part in the marches in defence of collective bargaining and promotion of quality public education calling for... Motshekga and director-general Bobby Soobrayan to resign from their positions,” said Maluleke.

Sadtu handed their memorandum of grievances to a representative of the presidency at the Union Buildings.

In the document, Sadtu gave the government 21 days to respond to its demands.

Sadtu had expected about 25 000 of its members to take part in the Pretoria and Cape Town marches.

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