ANC in KZN adopting DA policies - Sadtu

2012-06-19 14:10

Durban - A leading teachers' union accused the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday of adopting DA policies.

"The call by KwaZulu-Natal secretary Sihle Zikalala to make education an essential service is yet another point that puts the provincial ruling party as the mouthpiece of the DA," SA Democratic Teachers' Union provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said.

On Monday, Zikalala told reporters in Durban that the African National Congress would propose that education be declared an essential service at the national conference to be held later this month in Gauteng.

People working in essential services are not allowed to strike.

Logical explanation

Mathonsi said Zikalala had not provided a logical explanation for the proposal.

"The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal takes the Cosatu [Congress of SA Trade Unions] unions as an irritant [rather] than as an important partner in the national democratic revolution.

"They are demonstrating the leadership that is intolerant of trade unions who believe that by banning public sector unions then they would have found a panacea for education challenges," Mathonsi said.

He said that if the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal continued its anti-worker and anti-union talk, Sadtu would withdraw its participation from all quality learning and teaching campaign initiatives.

"We can just easily instruct our members to work to the rule of seven to eight hours. You can take this as a promise, education will be a real disaster," Mathonsi said.

He also condemned the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal for supporting the youth wage subsidy, and said the party knew that the issue was still subject to debate by Cosatu and the ANC at a national level.

The Democratic Alliance supports the youth wage subsidy.

  • Irene - 2012-06-19 14:20

    Long overdue for these SADTU thugs to be put out of business.

      Gigo - 2012-06-19 14:22

      Why always name calling?

      smili.fication - 2012-06-19 14:23

      It's not name call if it fits the description... troll.

      Andres - 2012-06-19 14:27

      Agreed. SADTU is the ONLY organisation that thinks their right to strike trumps the rights of SA's children to a basic education. Stuff SADTU: They clearly don't care about the children of this nation; newsflash - with youth unemployment an epidemic in this country, education is the only long-term solution, so yes... it IS an essential service!

      Raymond - 2012-06-19 14:28

      New name, Sganja?

      Andres - 2012-06-19 14:33

      Wow! I got a thumbs down. Yes, down with our childrens' future, down with youth employability, down with decent education... *Facepalm* Wow... the amount of people in this nation with IQ's that start with a comma is scary. Wait... isn't that a product of SADTU's excellent methods of teaching?

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-19 15:54

      Gigo, you are the same Bastard Sganja.

  • edwin.cloete - 2012-06-19 14:20


  • christo.stone - 2012-06-19 14:20

    One thing the ANC does right and people complain...sheesh

  • Ian - 2012-06-19 14:21

    dirty dishwater for brains, how can teaching not be called an essential service, morons

  • Henk - 2012-06-19 14:22

    Unions are the biggest threat to job growth in this country. Why must I employ people who will use the unions as a lever against me? No ways!

      Philimsomi - 2012-06-19 14:43

      so damn true!

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-19 14:44

      Correct. Or demand / strike for wages that a company just cannot afford, then closes as a result, and no one is employed. The moment a union is in the door, the poison spreads. Good employees turn bad, and bad employees become absolute thugs. The Americans have the right approach - "you're fired".

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-19 14:23

    Unions in SA are worse than labour brokers. They keep earning a salary while their members are forced to strike without pay. Sick, sick, sick At least the ANC is now starting to learn from a sensible party like the DA

      Felix - 2012-06-19 14:38

      Did you get your other profile banned Sgangy?

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-06-19 14:46

      Gigo, what's useless are teachers who are employed at an agreed salary but then refuse to go to work until they get more. All you pseudo-revolutionaries love to demand higher wages while demanding free education at the same time. Maybe if your teachers didn't strike you'd have the intelligence to see that the maths in that equation don't add up. Someone has to pay for all your free s**t and higher wages, but God forbid it might be you.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-19 23:01

      Alfred, you brought tears to my eyes with your grip on reality. May others "grip" it too.

  • Adriaan - 2012-06-19 14:23

    "You can take this as a promise, education will be a real disaster, Mathonsi said." Education is already a disaster you prat, and it's your fault. The education of our youth is vitally important as that secures our future. If you instruct your workers to work 7/8 hours I'm sure we will already see an improvement. So GTFO..

      Genet - 2012-06-19 14:38

      Well said

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-06-19 14:24

    If you dont make it an essential service, all our future generations are going to be STUPID like our unions are

  • henry.bosman.5 - 2012-06-19 14:25

    Cracks becoming shattered earthquake rips.Hahahahaha. As Helen Zille put it , SADTU stands for "Strike And Don't Teach Union"

  • Keith - 2012-06-19 14:32

    A step in the right direction. I don;t think COSATU abd SADTU have a braincell between them. Logic always confuses them. Well done ANC KZN pity you will get knocked down by the rest of the gang.

  • - 2012-06-19 14:35

    AU, AU, AU!!!!! We don't want any successful strategy to work here. So let's insult it in the worst way possible and call it a DA strategy! None so dumb as those who will not learn......... By the way SADTU, your ARE an essential service - I'm amazed you don't think so yourselves!!!

  • terence.wessels - 2012-06-19 14:36

    Education is a disaster already you chops. How about u shut the frek up and go work for a change?? Lazy buggers.

  • Develyn33 - 2012-06-19 14:36

    Mathonsi you chop! Education is already a real disaster in this country!

  • louwrens.duplessis.9 - 2012-06-19 14:36

    So that's what it is about - the teachers are more concerned about striking than giving learners a quality education...

  • Alf - 2012-06-19 14:40

    When is government going to do something about these useless morons that lead the unions including VIVA VAVI! Now they are afraid they may no longer be allowed to strike! Do they want teaching jobs to strike or do they want to do their share to uplift the youth of this country? Dissolve all the unions and let Mr. Vavi create jobs for those who are stupid enough to listen to him!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-20 19:13

      ...Al het SADTU se lede watse papiere - Hulle bly maar nog dom en stomme diere. Magereth Thatcher had the same problem about 20 years ago. She and her cabinet refused to budge and let the Unions go ahead with their strikes. There was chaos for a few weeks, after which the population got so pissed off and the members went broke, houses, cars and furniture got repossesed and members disserted the Unions. They have never had a strike since and the Unions became totaly disfunctional. That is what we need here. Someone with the balls to call their bluff and be resolute enough to stand their ground and show these union members that they are servants of the public. Pity though that "hangdick showerhead" seems to have been castrated.. he definitely does not have the balls to pull this off. Their purse seems more important than the education of our youth. I rest my case!

  • ongama.ntloko - 2012-06-19 14:41

    Mbuyiseni Mathonsi's comments are indeed scary, for SATDU to release such a statement that Zikalala agrees with DA is realy scary. Teachers who do not take themselves seriously. by refusing to be elevated to a status of essencial services is realy indeed a tragedy. They do not take themselves serious enough and they do not understand the role teachers have in building S.A. And to criticise a policy view just because that policy the opposition agrees with, is realy at the lowest level of intelligence and to think that such people spend 8hours with our kids, no wonder there is poor matric pass rate. If the DA says we must have democracy in S.A then according to SATDU the ANC will oppose that. Education is important SATDU, it is key to our success as a country and therefore I agree with Zikalala that education is an essential service.

      lebusa.mokhethi - 2012-06-19 14:48

      spot on

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-19 14:57

      100%. And yes, education is indeed the key.

      SidewaysView - 2012-06-19 15:19

      Well said - in any case its very apparent that the ANC policies on education have failed dismally. So please try something that might work

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-19 15:42

      Well, you said what I would have like to say. If a certain party has a good idea/policy why cant another party or gov. use it? They are supposed to work for us, the citizens, using the best solutions. They can even ask that party to assist, seeing that they know how to implement or done some research on it already. I think the union is using it more as a leverage to try to influence people/scoring some pathetic points. The truth is that it is not going their way and that is what their problem is. I am am with lebusa.mokhethi. Spot on ongama.ntloko!!!!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-19 14:42

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard in years!!! Just because you love striking so education mustn’t be an essential service. How can you make a career of striking, its time some of these organisations be castrated! I am sure real teachers must be disgusted by such utterances how can a grown up man “leader of a Trade Union” fight for such a stupid cause. Please education is a critical essential service, the government must make it compulsory!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-19 14:53

      The pay must be good

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-06-19 15:44

      The teachers union are part of the kingmakers that made Zuma a stand in for the ANC president therefore, these people feel they can go on strike and Zuma has to support them. When Lendiwe spoke in parliament the other week telling Zuma about he was too weak to stand up to these people that made him president, she was right on the money. The masses in SA have never been important to the ANC like the kingmakers.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-06-19 14:42

    lol @ 'accused'

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