DoE freezes posts due to murder investigations

2015-12-16 06:00
PHOTO:supplied Sadtu secretary Nomarashiya Caluza says they are happy with the ongoing investigations into the murder of some KZN teachers this year.

PHOTO:supplied Sadtu secretary Nomarashiya Caluza says they are happy with the ongoing investigations into the murder of some KZN teachers this year.

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SOUTH African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) says it is happy with the ongoing investigation into the murders of KZN teachers this year.

Sadtu secretary Nomarashiya Caluza said they asked the Department of Education to investigate the incidents.

In a statement released by the department in November Department of Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni called for tough action to be taken against the perpetrators.

This was after an incident of the killing of Sandile Hlela, a teacher in the Richards Bay area.

Hlela’s murder was before the murder Sikhumbuzo­ Mkhize, another teacher, from the Nquthu area.

Caluza said as Sadtu they are happy that what they have been calling for is taken seriously by the department.

Investigations are supported by the freezing of some vacant teacher posts by the department.

Caluza said it is only posts that are suspected to be linked with the murders.

Reports in the media revealed that some of the murders are allegedly linked in the fight for certain positions.

“Not all vacant posts are being frozen. It’s only a few posts of the teachers who are s uspected to have been killed in the fight for positions. Other vacant posts will be filled as appointment letters have already been sent to deserving candidates. The majority of the murdered teachers were members of Sadtu. That is why we called for investigations. We are happy they are already under way and we promise it won’t affect teaching and learning,” said Caluza.

Other teachers who were killed in KZN this year include Vusi Ntombela from Nquthu, (deputy­ principal) TS Mkhwanazi and Villa Maria Primary principal, Nokuthula Magwenyana.

In an interview with the SABC the Department of Education spokesperson Nkosinathi Sishi­ said they have decided to have a special investigation of all cases where allegations are made. He said the posts will be frozen until investigations are done.

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