Senye in court over pupil assault

2011-03-14 11:50

Johannesburg - Members of SA Democratic Teachers Union's Gauteng region blocked the Meadowlands Magistrate's Court entrance on Monday ahead of their chairperson Moss Senye's appearance for allegedly assaulting a pupil.

Doors to the court were shut to control the crowd entering the building.

Senye, a Meadowlands school principal, and teacher Ofentse Phehle, are accused of assaulting a 17-year-old-pupil.

Senye was suspended in February pending the outcome of the case.

Scores of Sadtu members braved the wet weather and sang struggle songs that contained offensive lyrics, in support of their leader.

The case was postponed to May 11.

At the last appearance, more than 100 teachers protested outside the court demanding he be reinstated.

Danger allowance

At a mass rally on Thursday, the union proposed security allowances for its members saying teachers, like police officers, deserved a danger allowance.

It said the safety of teachers was a concern because some children came to school with weapons.

On Friday, Senye was caught up in a row over comments suggesting that Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy hated black people, but remained optimistic ahead of his appearance.

Creecy has warned there would be consequences for teachers staying away from school to attend the court appearance.

Senye called on Creecy to step down, labelled her a "Satanist" and urged members not to align themselves with white people as they would be tainted with Satanist.

His comments were condemned by the ANC in Gauteng who labelled them "irresponsible" and "reckless."

The secretary of his union body also distanced the union from his comments.

"If such a statement was made, it is indeed, highly regrettable," Mugwena Maluleke said.

  • KissTheBoer - 2011-03-14 12:17

    senye you are a huge disappointement black people,

      Felix - 2011-03-14 12:24

      He disappoints me too, and I'm white. Don't reply or my satanism might rub off on you. Haahhahahah.

      Eben - 2011-03-14 14:08

      You do not understand, he was misunderstood and quoted out of context

      lean - 2011-03-14 14:59

      Lock him up, throw the key away.

      Alfred - 2011-03-14 16:26

      Eben, I hope you're joking. I can't think of any other way to interpret "You cannot be friends with white people, they will satanise you.” but feel free to enlighten us if you can.

  • HomeGrown - 2011-03-14 12:31

    If the future of this country depend on these teachers, we have much to worry about. Instead of being at school doing what they get paid to do (from our taxes), they want to interfere with justice. Who were educating our children while they "braved" the weather. I fail to recognise "brave" in any of their actions. Instead, they should face disciplinary hearings. Are their actions the result of a rapist getting away with his disrespect for women, in addition to getting away with corruption? We recently saw racism of the worst order being revealed in the highest echolons of our government, in the form of employemnt laws. Again, business (and our country) don't need colour to be competitive. Business and our country need people with knwoledge, skills and abilities to remain competative on the global stage, not colour. These teachers are suppose to lay the foundations for the above to eventuate. So, with the above action, what does the future of education look like? However, the poor quality of service from certain teachers and certain other public servants is a direct result of the lack of quality leadership. A rapist who became president, is just one example. To add insult to injury, teachers want to claim danger allowance. It look more like students should be awarded that allowance. On the brighter side, this oversupply of public servants who neglect their duties are obviously just a handful,but still need a reminder of what they get paid to do.

      FD - 2011-03-14 15:59

      Please refrain from calling people names - i am sure you very much aware of the outcome of those claimed charges labelled on our President yet you still call him in those names. Iam even scared of repeating the words you used because thats very unfair to judge someone who has been aquitted by the justice system that we all need to respect. Please, please for the sake of respect of other human beings kindly keep such ugly opnions to yourself after all President Zuma has nothing to do with these Teachers' behaviour - its just unnecessary to comment like that

      Realist - 2011-03-14 17:09

      FD, nowhere in this article do I see a name called relating to YOUR president! Can you also argue the facts instead of going on into a tangent that does not construe a valid argument! And this is a forum where we are all allowed to express our opinions, in fact most people who see the truth agree that the justice system in this country is being raped all the time under the leadership of YOUR PRESIDENT! Not mine thats for sure, or that of the millions that walk hard and obey the laws of this country! I cannot possible look up to a goatherder who is only good at enriching himself and his cronies!

      Realist - 2011-03-14 17:13

      Homegrown, absolutely agree with your post!

  • The Observer - 2011-03-14 12:33

    Why the hell is Sadtu members giving support? They should be teaching, fire the lot. Ot is there a doctor that will supply the sick notes?

  • The Observer - 2011-03-14 12:35

    And why the hell are they sinning struggle songs that contained offensive lyrics, in support of their leader when this has got nothing to do with the struggle. Do away with the unions, fire the lot that is not at work.

  • sonofagun - 2011-03-14 12:37

    If he assaulted the kid, he may have had good reason, but if I read the crap that him and his comrades are up to now, I start wondering whether he's not a psycho?

      63Starlight - 2011-03-14 12:41

      Where did you go to school? Assaulting a student? Are you insane? There is NEVER a good reason to assault a child regardless of age. You shock and make me sick. Its this mentality that encourages abuse.

      sonofagun - 2011-03-14 13:10

      @63Starlight "Assault" amongst today's kids, means anything from having a finger pointed at to being struck with a ruler...if you thought I referred to beating a child to a pulp, you are mistaken. Sorry about the misrepresentation.

      DW - 2011-03-14 13:16

      @63Starlight - I agree with you, but it depends on what is meant by "assault" - did the student threaten the teacher with a weapon resulting in a reaction? There are far too many kids today arriving at school and wreaking havoc and being allowed to get away with it. The teachers are defenseless against them. These kids deserve a good hiding on the butt. However if he actually beat a child up, that is something different. I think we should wait for the outcome of the court case

  • The Observer - 2011-03-14 12:38

    And why the hell are they singing struggle songs that contained offensive lyrics, in support of their leader when this has got nothing to do with the struggle. Do away with the unions, fire the lot that is not at work.

  • Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-14 13:17

    He's a huge disappointment to the teaching profession as a whole. The guy is bad news, finish and klaar! Even by Satan's standards, the guy is just bad news!!1

  • Eric West - 2011-03-14 13:32

    SADTU's sole purpose is to keep lazy and incompetent black teachers in their jobs!

      YasButIDunno - 2011-03-14 14:04

      Yip. And if those tubs of lard don't stop jumping up and down in the streets we're going to have another Japan.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-14 13:40

    This vegetable & his followers cannot be called teachers as it is an insult to the real teachers in SA !!! SADTU: South African Dumbass Teachers Union. Now the pupil will seek revenge and burn the school down, that is the cycle of ignorance.... South Africa's interpretation of democracy is Blacks Only..

  • tilovonbrandis - 2011-03-14 13:50

    Has he got a valid education. I can not believe that anybody that has been educated can make comments like this unless he is picking a fight for alterior motives!

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-03-14 14:05

      AA or BEE? Valid education not necessary.

  • White_Rhino - 2011-03-14 16:13

    It's a sad day indeed if this is the rubbish our kids have got to look up to. Ironic how you are ass raping yourself much much worse that any white government ever did !!!

  • - 2011-03-15 14:27

    In the words of the famous JM - "Get out - Bastard"

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