Westville turns away Sadtu cadres

2013-11-12 00:00

A HANDFUL of Sadtu members were turned away from Westville Boys’ High School yesterday after demanding to discuss the issue of the T-shirts produced by the school’s Grade 12 pupils.

They also wanted to talk to Sadtu members who worked at the school.

The school’s governing body chairperson Chris Bruorton said the members of the local branch of Sadtu had arrived at the school during teaching hours without an appointment and while matrics were writing their exam and that is why they were not granted access.

Bruorton said proper procedures needed to be followed by any group visiting a school.

The ANC last week fumed over T-shirts bearing images of President Jacob Zuma, former president Nelson Mandela, Bheki Cele and Julius Malema.

The T-shirts were designed as part of visual arts pupils’ matric portfolios.

Sadtu local branch secretary Themba Mazibuko said they were dismayed by how they were treated by the school. “We feel this institute still promotes an old apartheid era,” said Mazibuko.

He described the T-shirt with former president Nelson Mandela and a KFC logo as showing “despicable” taste. “That an icon of the calibre of Mandela is still treated in this particular order is despicable.”

The Witness has since learnt that the KFC logo on T-shirt with Mandela crossing his fingers was designed when the old statesman fell ill.

KFC stands for “Keep Fingers Crossed” as a get well message for Mandela.

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