Pupils at KZN schools left to their lot today

2010-08-23 00:00

SCHOOL children in KwaZulu-Natal should expect to study by themselves again today.

South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said yesterday that the public sector strike is set to intensify.

Although the labour court has granted the government an interdict to prevent essential workers from participating in the strike, Mathonsi has threatened that those who intimidate strikers are in for confrontation.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday , he said: “We do not know anything about the court order as striking is a right derived from the Constitution. No one is forced to strike, public servants are now agitated and angry …”

Allan Thompson, deputy president of the National Teachers’ Union (Natu) said that his members will be at schools and awaiting a verdict on the salary issue, and if there is no change they will continue striking.

“However, we are against indefinite striking. Those teachers who have been intimidated and are uncomfortable should remain at home, provided they have police records of intimidation,” he said.

KZN Department of Education spokesperson Muntu Lukhozi said that the department has never called for the closing of schools, saying that school gates should be open for matric pupils to study.

The Public Servants’ Association (PSA) said yesterday striking workers are to stay at home today. “The strike will continue, but it will be different this week because strikers are to stay at home,” spokesperson Manie de Clercq said.

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