JOHANNESBURG: The Democratic Alliance has urged the Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi to urgently intervene with immediate effect to stop the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) illegal strike that’s is currently disrupting the teaching and learning across schools in the province.
On Wednesday, DA visited Eldorado Park Secondary School In the south of Joburg, in surprise they were shocked and disappointed to find learners from Silver Oaks Secondary School protesting during school hours.
It is believed that SADTU is involving learners in their agenda of bunking classes, and they were informed 11 teachers have not reported back to school after the alleged racially motivated fight with the principal.
The DA’s shadow MMC for Education in Gauteng Khume Ramulifho says, “Sadtu is continuing where they left off somewhere around 2009 with calling meetings during school hours and also embarking on illegal protests or marches.”
There are allegations that the 11 teachers who haven’t been reporting to work, they report to the district while they are supposed to be working.
Spokesperson Steve Mabona revealed that, “As the department, if you’re not at work, it’s either it’s no work, no pay. But if you’re on an illegal strike and there’s no accountability on your whereabouts, you must be charged accordingly.”
Furthermore Lakeside Estate Primary in Midvaal, Vereeniging teaching and learning was disrupted as learners were advised to return back home by 12p.m yesterday due to SADTU – yet again – calling a meeting during school hours.
The DA believes that access to basic education is a fundamental right of the learners as enshrined by the Constitution.