Teachers gather for Polokwane march

2012-03-07 10:42

Polokwane - Teachers and other supporters of the Cosatu protest action huddled together at the SABC Park in Polokwane on Wednesday.

Seeking reprieve from the chill and drizzle, some chanted and blew their vuvuzelas while others tried to shelter under shop awnings.

Among the crowd, which was dressed in a variety of Cosatu affiliated unions T-shirts, was SA Democratic Teachers Union provincial chairperson Ronnie Morwatshehla.

Morwatshehla, who is also Cosatu's provincial chairperson, said most teachers were expected to attend the march.

"Sadtu is part of Cosatu and teachers are workers," he said.

"Every school day, teachers sacrifice their time to work after hours and even offer lessons on weekends but nobody is complaining and they are not thanked for that.

"But now when we stand for our rights, people are complaining," he said.

The protesters were expected to march to the department of labour, banks and Shoprite-Checkers later on Wednesday.

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  • Franz - 2012-03-07 10:58

    A lot of these teachers have children at model c schools that they drop off before they go on their march, leaving their schools closed for learning. What a shame!!!!!

  • Clive - 2012-03-07 11:12

    So once again our disgracefully unprofessional teachers union is at the heart of a strike. (Franz is correct about their own kids being at properly managed and education-centered schools.) Clearly they - like most so-called civil servants - are paid too much if they can afford to forfeit a day's pay at the drop of a hat.

  • Heibrin - 2012-03-07 11:27

    And guess which province will have the second lowest pass-rate this year (again)?

  • anthro45 - 2012-03-07 11:28

    Must we now feel sorry for them standing in the rain? Always looking for an excuse NOT to work. You are not entitled to a thank you. You actually get PAID to do your job. Your day does not end when the bell rings. Useless bloody lot, all of you.

  • Abie - 2012-03-07 12:08

    Teach you buggers, teach. That is what you get paid for.

  • Marc - 2012-03-07 12:35

    Why march to Shoprite-Checkers? Pie and a coke for the long journey? IDIOTS! YOU SHOULD BE STANDING INFRONT OF A CLASS!

  • Gerald - 2012-03-07 13:37

    Excuse my ignorance people but are temporary teachers employed via labour brokers, I don't think so, I stand to be corrected of course, also is the government going to toll thabo mbeki road in polokwaneor is this just an act of solidarity from the teachers?

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