Zille slams Sadtu

2012-06-08 13:07

Cape Town - The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) was destroying education in parts of the country, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Friday.

Speaking during a debate on Youth Day in the National Council of Provinces, she called on government to enforce the sound policies it proposed, rather than "cower" before Sadtu.

Youth Day, on June 16, commemorates the start of the 1976 Soweto uprising.

Zille said education defined a person's chances in life.

"I agree with President Jacob Zuma that every teacher should be in class teaching, and every learner should be in a class learning for seven hours every day."

For this reason, it was important that government strictly enforced such policies, "rather than cower weak-kneed before a specific teachers' union, which I call the Strike and Don't Teach Union".

Time bomb

She said Sadtu put the comfort of its members above those of children, and preferred mediocrity to excellence.

The union also held some provinces to ransom.

"The education that children so desperately need is systematically being destroyed in so many ANC-run provinces, most particularly Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. They are being held to ransom by the SA Democratic Teachers' Union."

Zille, who appeared drawn and tired, repeated her call for a youth wage subsidy, saying it was designed to offer opportunities to young people.

It "enabled young people to prove themselves" in a first job.

She warned that youth activism, "symbolised by the Class of 1976", was rising again.

"Youth unemployment is indeed a ticking time bomb, and it is tragic that the government... bluntly refuses to implement any key solutions to defuse this time bomb," she said.

  • Freedom - 2012-06-08 13:14

    Helen for PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-08 13:28

      Power to the unemployed & uneducated, Evota DA!!!! 4 get these stupid unions

      James - 2012-06-08 13:42

      Why not Dubula, we have had Zuma as a president...can it get any worse?

      James - 2012-06-08 13:54

      Dubula: You dont think Zuma has used some apartheid tactics on his own kith and kin?

      Clive - 2012-06-08 13:59

      Dubula, I think you should look into Helen Zille's history. She fought apartheid and will NEVER bring it back - even if it were possible.

      Loo - 2012-06-08 14:00

      Dubula,, I wish you had the ability to motivate your wild crapshoot type statements *shrug* Its typical to "lack of understanding and intelligence".

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-06-08 14:13

      Keep on dreamin....

      msendi - 2012-06-08 14:28

      If DA can get a leader with Mandela's charisma, with ability to respect everybody, then we can talk. For now it is too white to be considered a better alternative to the current ruling party…

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-08 14:28

      Watch it happen.

      Bryan - 2012-06-08 14:35

      @DubulaAmanzi..."She will bring back apartheid tactics".. Seriously dude.. You bring a whole new meaning to stupid and ignorant!!!

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-08 15:46

      @DubulaARubbish - SHE marched AGAINST Apartheid - what more do people like you want before you understand? Quite frankly, I could not care if she was black, blue, pink, green - as long as she is not a member of the now-failing ANC. Their policies are KILLING our children prospects for the future with POOR THAT what you want? The education system is now so bad, that only ONE in every 100 children starting school this year will come out with a degree...and then probably have NO JOB at the end! Is THAT what you REALLY Want???? Does being light skinned make her a bad person? Does being ANY colour make people good or bad?

      Oom - 2012-06-19 14:55

      DubulaAmanzi -You poor pathetic fool...come out of the kraal, see the light of day, take a step forward, without the ANC, apartheid, racism...and all the other propaganda that the ANC have drummed into your poor empty heads, Start to think for yourselves and then only will we see real change in our beloved South Africa. Stay as you are, and the spirit of our once mighty nation will simply ...DIE..and it will be your fault..! Now think about that before you say something stupid again.

  • Joe - 2012-06-08 13:17

    "Zille, who appeared drawn and tired, repeated her call for a youth wage subsidy, saying it was designed to offer opportunities to young people." if I had to engage with the ANC daily i would be effing apoplectic not tired. great journalism

      Victoria - 2012-06-08 13:38

      Agreed Joe! Your comment made my day. I am surprised that she has any energy left at all! Just reading the paper about ANC antics makes me exhausted!

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-08 14:06

      Just heard on the news that she was sanctioned during this Youth Day debate for using the word 'nonsense'. Twice! Just goes to show how bad the education system is when parliamentarians consider 'nonsense' a rude word :)

  • Henk - 2012-06-08 13:20

    Unions overall is destroying the country!

      Loo - 2012-06-08 13:30

      And Zille "very much like Margarate Thatcher" is just the one to put them in their place. Nowheere in the world does any union form part of government.. except where,, you guessed it.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-08 13:46

      They have one intention, to take away people's pride and work ethic. Agree, this lot are nation breakers, nowhere have they ever genuinely cared for workers rights, they always end up political manipulators, nothing else.

      Henry - 2012-06-08 14:41

      SADTU = Strike and Don't Teach Union. Almost fell out my chair laughing at that crack

  • Willem - 2012-06-08 13:25

    South Africa, that appears to believe that it is part of BRICS on merit, might do itself a favour by looking at and copying Brasil when it comes to education. On the other hand, who can teach the ANC anything? All born brilliant!

      Hettie - 2012-06-08 14:33

      Dubula you are allowed to dislike the Lady. You wont get jailed or killed because of youre dislike. It is normal to dislike some people. I dislike the A.N.C. because of what they do to their own people.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-08 13:26

    another communist union, Zuma sort this useless bunch out, where is the minister of education, cowering behind some desk?

      Anthony - 2012-06-08 13:31

      no still trying to pass grade 6...

      Hettie - 2012-06-08 14:27

      He cannot even sort out his own cabinet he is to busy looking at the outcome of the court cases against his appointees to give a damn to the normal working kind who is paying tax to them so they can keep on partying and flying around the world singing their own praises.But with votes from the likes of Busi above what do you expect.

  • Loo - 2012-06-08 13:26

    Again she talks all the sense in the world. look , lets face it, if she was black she would have been president already and the DA in power.

      SKELEMPIE - 2012-06-08 13:30

      I also think you are talking all the sense in South Africa.So, why are you failing to process your own truth?

      Henk - 2012-06-08 13:34

      I will also dislike somebody that is always right....

      Loo - 2012-06-08 13:42

      @Skelempie I wish I was clever enough to understand what the hell your'e saying. I am sure your'e wondering too lol

      J.D. - 2012-06-08 14:01

      Dubula.... Darkness also dislikes light

      SKELEMPIE - 2012-06-08 14:10

      Was attempting to flush, I guess I succeeded.

      Clive - 2012-06-08 14:12

      So now the truth comes out, Dubula: Zille might be right, but because you dislike her, she's wrong.

      Andrew - 2012-06-08 17:01

      It's funny how ANC supporters have no actually argument. No debate or logic. They just throw one line none sense or repeat exactly what the ANC throws up at them. I really wish the ANC advised their supporters to hit them selves on the head with a bat three times a day. They would do it and try to advise everyone else that it was the right thing to do.

      Oom - 2012-06-19 14:59

      DubulaAmanzi -DO YOU KNOW WHY YOU DONT LIKE Mrs ZILLA...????...come out of the kraal, see the light of day, take a step forward, without the ANC, apartheid, racism...and all the other propaganda that the ANC have drummed into your poor empty heads, Start to think for yourselves and then only will we see real change in our beloved South Africa. Stay as you are, and the spirit of our once mighty nation will simply ...DIE..and it will be your fault..! Now think about that before you say something stupid again.

  • Simphiwe - 2012-06-08 13:28

    Zille should seek to understand facts

      Henk - 2012-06-08 13:29

      and those facts might be what, If I may ask?

      Loo - 2012-06-08 13:44

      There we go another one liner by Simphiwe that NO ordinary human being will be able to understand. Except juju I suppose.

      Theo - 2012-06-08 13:44

      YES WHAT FACTS ???

      Joe - 2012-06-08 13:48

      @ simphiwe. i think your keyboard may be faulty let me assist "Zille should seek to understand fatcats" Viva send in the drones

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-08 13:51

      What facts? Another hit and run poster...

      Deon - 2012-06-08 14:02

      We all know what the truth is: Unions are messing up country. Where is the "Iron" lady when you need her.

      Clive - 2012-06-08 14:10

      What facts, Simphiwe? What the lady says is 100% correct: it's a FAXT that even Cosatu has had run-ins with Sadtu over its uncooperative stance, especially in E Cape, the province with the lowest Matric pass rate for many years - another FACT. For as long as Sadtu is allowed to have the final say on education policy, we will continue to rank among the bottom few nations world-wide for basic literacy and numeracy. The ANC government must also take a lot of the blame for this FACT, for allowing Sadtu to call the shots for so long. Finally, let's remember this FACT, Siphiwe: more than one black intellectual has said that black children in some parts of the country are receiving a poorer education than Bantu Education provided.

      Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-08 14:11

      Facts as.....? There is no justification in neglecting the needs of the countries future (the children), just to get your point across. if you are unhappy about something, have your union reps take care of it.

      Kevin - 2012-06-08 14:19

      What are these facts comrade - share them with me

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-10 01:49

      @DOMPHIWE, and we should understand, nope, we understand that you mother let you fell on your head about 55 times times, trying to change your nappy. That is why you are still stupid until today!!!!!!!

  • Jane - 2012-06-08 13:32

    The state of education in this country is shocking! Teachers are more interested in striking for pay increases than teaching. The only way this country will ever be taken seriously is by creating a generation of well educated youth across all race barriers. Until such time this country will be in a downward spiral of unemployment and poverty which in very many cases leads to a life of crime in order to survive. Almost every major problem in this country can be attributed to the lack of education. Our youth need to be educated which in turn will create a sense of pride in themselves and a sense of worth which will hopefully lead to a generation of well adjusted, repectable and responsible free thinking adults, which can save this country from the likes of Jacob Zuma, Malema and the rest of the backward leaders who continue to influence and lead the uneducated and uninformed majority of our country.

      Triumphant - 2012-06-08 13:46

      Chinese Proverb: "If you want to plan for 100 years, educate people." So it's ironic that the ANC are celebrating their centenary ...

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-08 13:50

      But Jane, that is exactly why the ANC wants to steal education from our countries children, if they are taught to think they'll vote the scoundrels out of power. Much easier to manipulate an uneducated population.

  • Donald - 2012-06-08 13:47

    Zille must stop being an ANC/SADTU whatch dog n work on DA. Other organisation this and organisations that. What do u have to offer?

      Clive - 2012-06-08 14:22

      In a democracy, Donald, one of the roles of the opposition is to highlight weaknesses and shortcomings in government. With the ANC in power, this must take up most of Zille's time. Get some DA literature if you want to know what they stand for. It's not that different to what the ANC says it wants actually, but they would go about it in a more open, transparent manner by appointing people on merit, not deploying clueless cadres.

      Dee - 2012-06-08 14:33

      Leadership. Good Governance. Routing out corruption - and quick action where it is found. Which leads to investment. Which leads to job creation. Which leads to revenue. Which leads to service delivery.(Check e.g. Midvaal story). A sincere concern for governance and best interests of the nation - NOT self enrichment, foolish status symbols of e.g. blue light brigades, and the very vulgar personal "western' excesses too often seen from the ruling party leaders. That's just a few things in answer to your question. Sorry that you are blinded by your own racism to be able to think beyond the colour of this womans skin. You don't have to personally LIKE someone to think with a colour-free mind and judge ANY person on their personal history, actions and results.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 14:37

      Clive you should swap jobs with Donald. I'm sure you will make a much better teacher than Sir Donald the fool. Thanx for explaining the role of the opposition to the him. I wonder what he teach his class when he is not out on the streets protesting.

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-08 15:55

      @Donald.....more to

      Andrew - 2012-06-08 16:55

      How dare the DA have morals and highlight criminal ANC and want to educate our kids. DA you are so wrong

  • Neville - 2012-06-08 13:50

    No Money for education? But we can spend millions on changing city and street names! The ANC need to get there priorities right, changing street names aren’t a challenge

      Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-08 14:09

      Common Neville that's not fair. Building Gautrains, buying jet fighters, building R763mil. Memorial parks, changing city names, all those things ARE important. Who wants to spend money on educating the youth, or to build hospitals, old age homes, clinics, or even RDP houses, we swore to the people, we will deliver. Which country needs that "dribble"? The ANC's moral compass is so screwed up, they'll need something just short of a miracle to climb out this ever deepening hole, they are digging for themselves

      Andrew - 2012-06-08 16:51

      And the youth league give our needed investors the middle finger.

  • Vic - 2012-06-08 13:50

    "Strike And Don't Teach Union!" I like that!

      Clive - 2012-06-08 14:16

      Excellent Vic! And let's not ignore all those reports of many teachers "teaching" 3.5 hrs/day, leaving early on a Friday, and not pitching up at all on pay day. Hats off to all those teachers who do their jobs properly day after day, term after term.

  • Michael - 2012-06-08 13:51

    Anc is dumbing down the people to keep them wild and wanting.

  • Duma - 2012-06-08 13:53

    I have never heard of teachers going on a protest over a lack of proper resources in schools, or that textbooks have not been delivered in time. We need a new breed of teachers, the kind of teacher who will enroll her own kids at the same school she applies her trade.

  • Tito - 2012-06-08 13:54

    2 million union members, 17 million unemployed, where should govt concerns be? It is scary to employ with current labour laws. That is why we cannot compete in manufacturing globally. Even black businesses dont want to employ.

  • Duma - 2012-06-08 13:58

    I have never heard teachers protesting over better teaching facilities or textbooks which were not delivered in time. We need a new breed of teachers ones that will enroll their kids at the same schools they apply their trade.

      Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-08 14:17

      Amen brother!!!! That is what happens when teaching/nursing/policing becomes a "job" and not a calling. We don't give a sh1t at what cost we get our point across, just as long as we get our point across!,,

  • Rob - 2012-06-08 14:09

    Educated people should have the ability to analyse and reach conclusions using their own intelligence. Inevitably some would choose not to support the anc. WHich is a guiding principle for the government, that is educate to a level and scope dictated by the anc....but no further, in order to inhibit such capabilities.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-08 14:09

    sadtu ruined the high school i attended by forcing teachers into our school.

  • Kevin - 2012-06-08 14:16

    SADTU like COSATU and most unions have done very little to improve the country - in fact they are the roadblocks to positive change - they often forget that hard work is the key rather they continue on thier path of entitlement - the reality is that no one is entitled to anything execpt what they have earned themselves.

      Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-08 14:19

      Kevin, here is a question. 2 000 000 union member @R30.00p/p/pm, can someone please tell me where R60 000 000p/m goes to?

  • leonard.nel - 2012-06-08 14:40

    I am glad that I matriculated in 1994, before all this nonsense started. Good luck to the youth of today...

  • michael.duplessis.71 - 2012-06-08 14:42

    If teachers, policeman and nurses own a decent salary, non of these problems should or would occur. We as citizens pay for something good, maybe governemnt should pay better salaries. Why do teachers own like R150 000pa while corrupt municipal or government salaries are R250000 upwards? Get a life. Pay for lazy ones, GET lazy ones.

      jack.bleck - 2012-06-09 15:37

      They wish their salaries were that high - try R120 -130000pa...

  • Bomb - 2012-06-08 14:49

    anc supporters would rather have the following than a competent government: bad education bad service delivery bad police no military corrupt politicians high crime bad water unaffordable electricity expensive food expensive transport so, you make your bed.......sleep in it, i dont give a sh*t, i dont pay tax, my kids are in the best schools, have private medical etc etc......dont own land, so not scared of that either.........dont blame me for having to work overseas....the anc gave me that opportunity.....yes, i sacrifice family time, but actually im better off while they off worse........hahahahahaha..........................mentality of the bush pilot!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-08 15:00

    Very true Deon they are milking their own.

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