Govt staff locked out in 'war' with union

2012-02-07 19:08

Johannesburg - Demonstrating members of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) padlocked the main gate of the Eastern Cape education department's head office in Zwelitsha on Tuesday, the department said.

"Early this morning they put a chain and padlock on the gate to lock out our staff," said spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani.

Senior management tried to negotiate with the union members, to no avail.

Pulumani said there were no reports of violence, but Education MEC Mandla Makupula had taken up the matter with Sadtu's provincial leadership.

Sadtu provincial secretary Mncekeleli Ndongeni claimed the police had used tear-gas against the protesters.

The union and the department are in conflict over the redeployment of temporary teachers in the province.

The Eastern Cape High Court in Bhisho would hear an application by the department to prevent further industrial action.

Ndongeni said teachers were exploring various avenues to get the plight of overburdened teachers recognised and rectified by the department.

"There is anarchy in the schools... the whole mess, [head of department Modidima] Mannya has caused."

The purpose of the union's demonstrations was to "put some pressure" on the provincial education department.

Pulumani said the protests, which had also affected the department's offices in Grahamstown, East London and Queenstown, constituted fully-fledged industrial action.

Ndongeni said the protests were justified.

"All is not well in our schools... it is a war."

"When children are being denied education by government politicians, what are we supposed to do?"

  • Chris - 2012-02-07 19:22

    I'd like to put a chain around the Eastern Cape and Limpopo and padlock it, essentially these provinces are in a state comparable to Burkina Faso, Mali etc.

  • Peter - 2012-02-07 19:22

    This is a cause ANCYL should take up. If they cared about the youth of this country - particularly black youth, they would take on SADTU with all the force they can muster. SADTU is doing everything possible to destroy the future of black youth in this country.

  • Peter - 2012-02-07 19:26

    They may be correct that the government is being pretty useless, but they don't do any better themselves. A prideless, lazy, bunch that deserves no respect whatsoever. An insult to children trying to get an education, SADTU.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-07 19:26

    The teachers do what they do best, and our children suffer.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-07 19:33

    Someone needs to inform these parasites that there is a GLOBAL economic CRISIS going on....the days of GIVE ME GIVE ME I WANT I WANT are LOOOOoooong gone.

      Mbuyiswa Mrasi - 2012-02-07 20:39


      colin.dovey - 2012-02-07 21:15

      @Mbuyiswa my friend. In China......they actually WORK (sorry about the swear word) and pay PEANUTS. Go will find to your absolute horror that their system is called "State Capitalism" - employers make payment of the minimum wage (R700 per month) contingent on employees fulfilling a wide range of onerous requirements, such as never taking any time off. Workers are paid on a piece-rate basis often have to work day and night in order to earn wages that could STILL be lower than the minimum wage level. Your ignorance, sadly, is appalling......and if you go there with your naive attitude, you will be gobbled up by....the Chinese Dragon. Dream on.....because one day your nightmare may well become the nightmare that full blown communism is.

      TheWatcher - 2012-02-07 22:22

      @Mbuyiswa I suggest you google 'china working conditions' before you shoot your mouth off. China's poor have to work hard and in horrible conditions for their minimum wage. Oh and by the way communism failed a long time ago - even china no longer practices it properly. Its a flawed concept.

      Heibrin - 2012-02-08 01:17

      Mbuyiswa: ever heard of capatilistic communism? Google it, you'll see China is at the top of the list.

  • Barry - 2012-02-07 20:14

    Oh come on....get them out of the way and cut the chain..if they resist then start with the water cannon!

  • braamc - 2012-02-07 20:18

    Viva ANC, viva

  • Luthando Yaso - 2012-02-07 20:45

    SADTU EC is an insult to this nation.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-07 20:53

      The police should take photographs of people misbehaving while on strike, and charge them like they did in England. I am sure there is only a handful stirring the pot. They hate Mannya because he doesn't tolerate lazy and incompetent staff.

  • Jim - 2012-02-07 21:17

    Let us see if Zuma deals with this in his upcoming state of the nation address. Frankly this is a perfect example of what is wrong in South Africa today, anarchy is breaking out all over the place and the government is totally incapable of dealing with it. The real problem is that the so called "ANC government" today is actually a "Coalition government" comprising the ANC, the SACP and Cosatu, with each of these coalition so called 'partners' having their own very different agendas and ideas about how South Africa should be run. Zuma is incapable of managing this coalition government and is only interested in protecting his own interests to be re-elected as president. What he needs to do now is get a judge out of bed, get an injunction against the striking teachers and take them and their trade union to task head on. Even in his own cabinet ministers fight with each other and promote their own ideas instead of talking with one voice as the cabinet governing South Africa. This further demonstrates Zuma's total lack of vision for our country and his non existent leadership abilities. Fortunately history shows that coalition governments do not last for long and the time is rapidly coming when the ANC as a party will split into different factions, Cosatu will go it alone as a political party and the SACP will probably quietly disappear the same way that communism has gone in the old Soviet Republic and in China which is no longer a pure communist regime.

      Peter - 2012-02-08 06:08

      True, a "coalition" with all partners pulling in comletely different directions. No wonder they are failing to govern this country effectively.

  • Carlton Bana - 2012-02-07 22:10

    SA, the only county in the world were the goverment marches against itself, why dont these fools declare a one party state so we dont have to hope that things will get better.

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-02-07 22:14

    What is very depressing is this that black teachers are destroying black kids future. How many teachers on strike have their offsprings attending governmant schools??? Foreign teachers are far far far better than these crude unionised fake teachers that has destroyed Eastern Cape education in the last decade. Shame to all teachers that are robbing Africans education shame on you all. Those unionised so called teachers are an insult to African intelligence. They have destroyed education for Black Africans. No race will ever respect us as Africans if we still have such people called teachers are behaving the way. Education for Africans is what should be motivating them. I call upon all parents in the Eastern Cape to declare war against these teachers.

      Peter - 2012-02-08 06:10

      I like the way you refer to their kids as "offspring". I wonder who does not agree with you, some Sadtu members on their computers this morning? Prideless bunch!

  • ttrevenen - 2012-02-08 02:01

    Actually, children are being denied an education thanks to Cosatu and Sadtu. Its got to stop.

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