Order prohibits disruption

2016-03-23 06:00

THE Motheo TVET College has slapped 28 workers with a court order following a recent protest by the South African Democratic Teachers Union in the Free State (Sadtu) against the college principal.

During the protest, Sadtu called for the immediate removal of the college principal, Dipiloane Phutsisi, after accusing her of corruption, nepotism and victimising of workers who belonged to the union.

Last week, workers said the college responded with a court order instead of addressing grievances raised by staff members.

Express is in possession of a court order granted by the Free State High Court which prohibits the 28 respondents from disrupting any exams presently under way or scheduled, disrupting lecturers and harassing, and/or threatening any of the applicant’s employees, students or functionaries.

The order further instructs the respondents to pay the costs of the application jointly.

Disgruntled workers told Express that 25 of the workers mentioned in the court order were cleaners and said the rest were clerks. Workers said Phutsisi had not engaged workers since the protest.

Issues of unfair salary levels were raised by workers, who also mentioned corrupt activities by certain officials in management positions.

Workers alleged that the college had advertised a tender for the cleaning of the college premises, although their cleaning staff was reporting for duty every day.

The spokesperson of the college, Lame Morobane, denied allegations brought against Phutsisi and said the institution had thrived since her appointment three years ago.

Morobane also slammed allegations of nepotism and victimisation of staff members belonging to any union.

“There is nothing wrong at the college,” said Morobane.

The spokesperson, however, claimed ignorance of any court order served to workers by the college.

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