Sadtu doesn’t care about the black child – Mantashe

2010-10-08 10:16

Sadtu doesn’t care about the black child – MantasheGershwin ChuenyaneThe public perception of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is that it does not care about the education of the black child, according to ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe.

Mantashe lashed out at Sadtu members yesterday for lacking clarity and commitment on the education of the black child.

He was addressing Sadtu’s 20th anniversary congress in Boksburg. He said delegates to the congress should not sing for him before he spoke because they might be disappointed when he finished.

“I want them to sing when I’m done,” Mantashe said.

He said that he was a friend of Sadtu and that friends told each other the truth.

“During the strike, the white child or the Afrikaner child continued to learn throughout … Those with Model C children know this. It’s the truth that children of teachers go to Model C schools and when they go on strike for 21 days, their children continue to learn,” said Mantashe.

He was interrupted by delegates who heckled him, but he managed to continue. “I’m here talking about the education of the black child. Our liberation is about the black child,” he said.

But Mantashe was interrupted again by delegates who belted out a Sotho song saying: “O a e bona koduwa ena (Do you see the trouble)?”

Sadtu president Thobile Ntola had to intervene to calm the delegates down. He told delegates that it was important to listen to others when they mentioned Sadtu’s mistakes.

“I appealed (to the crowd) yesterday that heckling doesn’t make us move forward,” Ntola said.Mantashe then responded: “I don’t know why comrades heckle me. They don’t want me to express my views about them. I would suggest that in future Sadtu doesn’t invite the ANC.”

Mantashe said the Broederbond could be faulted on many issues, but there was one thing that was clear about them: They cared about the education of the Afrikaner child.

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