Protesters gather for anti-Motshekga march

By Drum Digital
24 April 2013

Members of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) converged in Marabastad, on the outskirts of Pretoria, on Wednesday, ahead of a march to the Union Buildings.

The protesters are part of a national strike organised by the disgruntled union.

At 8am, three buses with Limpopo registration plates arrived at an open space between the Bloed and Struben streets. More than 10 police vehicles were parked nearby.

To stave off the morning cold, some police and protesters made a quick detour to buy coffee.

Sadtu said close to 25,000 of its members were expected to take part in marches to the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, and to Parliament, in Cape Town.

"The marches are meant to increase the pressure on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director general Bobby Soobrayan to resign from their... positions, in defence of collective bargaining and promotion of quality public education," Sadtu said in a statement.

Congress of SA Trade Unions president Sidumo Dlamini would lead the march in Pretoria, and his second deputy Zingiswa Losi the march in Cape Town.

On Monday, the basic education department and Sadtu failed to agree whether the marches were legal.

In Pretoria, the marchers are expected to proceed along Cowie, Struben, and Nelson Mandela Streets to the Union Buildings.

In Cape Town, the marchers would gather at 10.30am in Keizergracht and move along Darling, Adderley, Spin, and Plein Streets to Parliament.

Sadtu members have been on a national go-slow since pupils returned from the Easter holiday.

The department of basic education said teachers who joined the protest march would face disciplinary action and the rule of no work, no pay would apply.

-by Sapa

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