Court stops Sadtu from protesting

2012-08-15 10:48

Johannesburg - The Gauteng education department (GDE) was granted an urgent interdict by the Johannesburg Labour Court on Tuesday night to prevent the SA Democratic Teachers Union from disrupting schooling in Ekurhuleni.

"The interdict prevents the union's East Rand region from calling on or instigating its members to disrupt learning in any way, [and] suspend teaching or any of their other duties during learning hours," said department spokesperson Charles Phalane in a statement.

The disruption was to take place on Wednesday.

It further prevents Sadtu engaging in any union activity during learning hours without GDE permission and releasing pupils from school before the end of the school day without GDE permission.

"The court requires Sadtu to issue a public statement calling on its members in the East Rand region not to participate in the unauthorised march planned for Wednesday, August 15th during teaching hours," he said.

The interdict also effectively prevents Sadtu members from leaving school early and marching to and disrupting work at department offices.

Phalane said the GDE took Sadtu to court to ensure students in Ekurhuleni would not be negatively affected by the union's East Rand membership mobilising support for its secretary.

"He is facing dismissal following his conviction in a disciplinary hearing on charges of mismanagement and misappropriation of school funds at Kuzimisela Primary School in Daveyton."

The matter was currently before the Gauteng education MEC on appeal.
Sadtu was not immediately available for comment.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-15 10:58

    this is good news

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-15 11:20

      Now for a union running around at a certain mine.....

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-08-15 11:07

    Geez these unions will be the death of SA and that our education system has not been made an essential service is disgusting! I get it that we are a free democratic country but surely freedom must have its limits in certain cases!!!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-15 11:13

      Agreed Jean! Pity we can't ban the unions as did Maggy Thatcher. We now sit with Patrick Craven who was ousted during her appointment. We will still see the destruction that he and his ilk can bring to our country ...

      iceman196 - 2012-08-15 11:22

      what education system, the public one is in the toilet just like the public everything else

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-15 11:11

    At last some sanity.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-15 11:13

    One wonders whether their kids go the same schools which they disrupt every year. This is Good News and Victory for the learners.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-08-15 11:16

    So, now education is no longer an essential service in the eyes of the powers that be. People even go on strike to protect the interests of their corrupt friends. The campaign by the tripartite alliance at the dumbing down of an african child is earnestly in full swing indeed.

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-08-15 11:19

    Rallying behind someone accused of misappropriating school funds? This sadtu members have their heads screwed one way round!

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-15 11:22

    Great news!!! Atleast some union boss is being put in his place! Teach the kids!! Some people are quick to say they did not have opportunities in the past but now they want to disallow kids of today those same privilages!! Support it's secretary who was convicted of mismanagement and misappropriation of school funds to the detrement of pupils! Get real!!! We need to educate the children in order for them to become positive contributors to our country and society as a whole! Ban all the unions and employees will save on membership fees and we will see less anarchy!!

  • Erna - 2012-08-15 11:44

    You know what is disgusting and disappointing from a so-called "professional" union? The reason for their protest! When have you ever heard of people protesting because one of their own is facing dismissal for mismanagement and misappropriation of school fees!

  • cdemakgabo - 2012-08-15 18:22

    How do you Interdict us through an sms?

  • zwelakhe.mkwai - 2012-08-15 21:16

    The fight of SADTU is not for its secreaty, that is what people who not informed will say, If GDE could read the MEMO SADTU wanted to give them, they will see its not about its secretary. This is what the GDE want the people to think and refuse to tell the truth to people....

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-27 13:27

    strange, in my days teachers never dreamed of striking. Kids went to school and did as they were told and w all turned out pretty good - without threats and strikes etc

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