Storm over Creecy criticism

2011-03-11 15:44

Johannesburg - The Gauteng ANC said on Friday it was fully behind the province's education MEC Barbara Creecy, who came under a scathing racial attack by SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) Gauteng chairperson Moss Senye.

Meanwhile, Sadtu has distanced itself from Senye's alleged comments that Creecy is a satanist and hates black people.

"The attacks are unwarranted because the MEC has done an excellent job to improve the level of education in Gauteng," ANC spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli said.

"The statements are worthless and are made by leaders who do not prioritise education. The insults would not deter the MEC and ANC from championing good education programmes."

He condemned Senye's remarks describing it as "irresponsible" and "reckless".


Ntuli was responding to racist and satanic comments allegedly made by Senye at a mass meeting in Soweto on Thursday over Creecy's "no work, no pay" policy. The Sowetan newspaper said Senye labelled Creecy "satanic" and allegedly warned members not to align themselves with white people.

He reportedly said: "Whether Barbara likes it or not, we will have our meetings. Despite Barbara, we will vote for the ANC during the elections and they will remove her. Let us not embrace satanic people. Down with satanism... You cannot be friends with white people, they will satanise you."

In a telephone conversation with Sapa on Friday, Senye called on Creecy to step down saying she focused only on white schools and hated black people.

"She just hates black people. She only gives cellphones to teachers and principals in white schools and now she is putting fences for them."

He questioned where the money came from and accused her of neglecting black schools that had huge textbook shortages and deteriorating facilities.

Statement 'regrettable'

Sadtu's Gauteng secretary Mugwena Maluleke said Senye's statements were "highly regrettable".

"Sadtu is a non-racial organisation and would therefore not advocate for any of its members to distance themselves from any racial grouping. Racism has no place in Sadtu."

Maluleke said the union's national office would instruct the Gauteng provincial executive to investigate the matter and provide a full report on it.

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-11 15:49

    Senye - you stupid racist PIG!!! You F*CK YOURSELF

  • Jayjay001 - 2011-03-11 15:50

    Amazing how officials then claim no responsibility of what their leaders say, a clause to get away with clear Constitution violations. And the minorities do nothing to end this clear violation. Minorities, do distance learning and study the law, our useless lawyers won't fight for our rights and the constitution and Freedom charter clearly state equality for ALL South Africans

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-11 15:55

      We should hold the individual AND the organisation responsible for these clear violations, they're speaking in an official capacity and therefore on behalf of their organisation. MANY of our fellow Black South Africans stand with us against this constant violation of the Freedom Charter and Constitution, just check out the swarm of people attacking Senye on sowetan live. We will have a Rainbow Nation we were promised, all this racist tyranny WILL stop, and to all the minorities, stop sitting back and doing NOTHING - just one tip though, don't bring your own racism to keep this never ending mess from continuing.

      Tshepo - 2011-03-11 20:59

      Jayjay unfortunately racism will never end, as you state: a never-ending mess; because another word for racism is prejudice and the world is FULL of it. We will have to accept it, it is like a cancer. Our attitude on how we deal with racism can make a difference though. I know that many black people hate the way this government dilutes democracy, I am one of them.

      Grant - 2011-03-11 23:09

      Tshepo - nice one!

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 00:40

      Sorry for late comeback Tshepo, I doubt you're gonna read this. But it's to do with just how different things are elsewhere in the world. You have to understand that comments like this would have you thrown out of office in any country elsewhere in the world. Yet it's all fine and well here, we desperately need to stop this racism as it's taking this country down fast.

  • Michael - 2011-03-11 15:52

    that is sooooooooo lulz!!!!

  • Slapper - 2011-03-11 15:53

    Typical, They open their mouths and say what they think. No problem with using the Race card, then where necessary they are told to shut up. Not sacked or sanctioned in any way, just told to keep the family secrets in the cupboard.

  • zulufox - 2011-03-11 15:55

    I just love Ms Creecy, there's that sophistication about her that I just can not help but admire... I remember sitting next to her at a media briefing in Beijing, China in 2008 when she was MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation... A woman of note and a comrade! A freedom figheter!

      Grant - 2011-03-11 16:21

      Then why did you not defend her on the previous article - 'Creecy hates blacks' This is typical opportunism, wait to see which way the bosses vote and then suck up!

      zulufox - 2011-03-11 16:34

      I do not need to defend Creecy, her credentials speak for themselves. She does not need anyone to speak for her! You can't always respond to lunatics who just open their mouths and spew rubbish! Creecy is a lady and she shouldn't respond to radicals seeking media space at her expense!

      Grant - 2011-03-11 16:40

      Having seen other posts of yours in the past, you will have no objection to my keeping this reponse and reminding you of it in future will you? I do however respect your support of Ms Creecy at the head of this string.

      gizzy - 2011-03-11 17:25

      Ms Creecy and Helen Zilla were fighting the same racist regime in the past. Zulufox you would agree then, that Helen is a true freedom fighter as well? That she hates racists and that she is not the devil? Let's just clear it up now.

  • Madelane - 2011-03-11 16:00

    Well done Zuma. Now you have your people bringing satan into it as well with your stupid irresponsible guarantee of heaven for an ANC vote. This political party is truly beyond belief with their now open support of racism.

  • DeonL - 2011-03-11 16:02

    Moss Senye should be fired for this!

  • Point Blank - 2011-03-11 16:09

    The ANC need to condemn this more strongly, they already reeling from NUMEROUS attacks by their members on white people, from racial attacks to hate speech. The ANC are being seen as a racist party right now, clearly only interested in self enrichment and the advancement of indigineous black South Africans. And no that doesn't include Indians and Coloureds.

  • Eish! - 2011-03-11 16:13

    "You cannot be friends with white people"? F**k you, racist!

      aidhinwiyat - 2011-03-11 16:47

      has he even tried to get to know people

  • Dave - 2011-03-11 16:23

    Hello SADTU, you cannot"distance yourself from this idiot, this idiot must be distanced fron SADTU....kapeesh?

  • James Brawn - 2011-03-11 16:26

    if you open a dictionary to the word RASIST, you'll see a photo of Moss Senye.

  • GrimReaper10 - 2011-03-11 16:27

    Again the "heaven" card? "You cannot be friends with white people, they will satanise you." Next the ANC wills say "You are taking it out of context."

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-03-11 16:38

      They already did according to the article I read on IOL.

  • ASDEB - 2011-03-11 16:41

    This is clearly a racist tirade by Senye. Creecy should take him to court and sue for his very cent, but then she will end up in the same hole as Trevor!

  • emile.marais - 2011-03-11 16:45

    Some South Africans are past pathetic in their judgement of others. It's retarted how we deal with each other in this country. People are PEOPLE first and foremost - all haters can just plain QQ -

  • gemini76 - 2011-03-11 16:46

    The SA Democratic Teachers Union’s Gauteng chairman Moss Senye was due to appear in the Meadowlands Magistrate’s court in Soweto on Monday facing criminal charges.The Meadowlands school principal and teacher Ofentse Phehle are accused of assaulting a 17-year-old pupil.The Citizen, 11 March 2011.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-03-11 16:51

    My goodness...he will probably get a promoyion, or better...maybe it was quoted incorrectly...

  • george peorge - 2011-03-11 17:31

    This is a fall guy to take the heat and make the ANC seem like they act against racism, it's all smoke and mirrors!~!!!

  • ivan.nedeljkovic - 2011-03-11 18:10

    Who appoints these people to these positions, where they can voice their 'opinions'? What are their qualifications & screening? Slowely, but surely, SA is going the way of every other ex colony i think....woopsie

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-03-11 18:44

      If its an AA or BEE placement then no qualifications are necessary.

  • Ldn Saffa - 2011-03-11 18:28

    MOSS SENYE YOU ARE AN EMBARRASSING KNOB-HEAD!!!! Why not do SA a favour and go jump of a tall building???

  • Bonzer - 2011-03-11 18:41

    Nothing will happen to him he just says what all blacks think. Imagine a white person said something similar, they would be fired and lynched by the mob. The real racists are blacks.

  • Alpha zulu - 2011-03-11 21:42


  • Mike - 2011-03-12 00:13

    Thank you ANC and Sadtu. You have helped restore some confidence that you are not racist anti-white organisations. Keep it up.

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