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daThe Citizen reports that during his reply on Monday to the state of the nation address (Sona), Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said one of the difficult tasks that President Cyril Ramaphosa had to deal with was fixing a broken education system that was ravaged by a “militant” union.  

“Our president has inherited a broken education system in which, in fact, militant union interests are placed before the interests of our children,” Maimane said in parliament.  Maimane noted that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s ministerial task team had found that six out of the nine provincial education departments had been captured by the union’s bosses and that in those provinces education was failing because of the union’s “toxic influences”.  He went on to state:  “There is no single reason for the failure of our education system but if we want to be honest, we must acknowledge the role of Sadtu (SA Democratic Teachers’ Union) in it.  Mr President, your first choice is to end state capture by Sadtu, the same powerful and militant union that helped you rise to the presidency of the ANC.”

  • Read this report by Makhosandile Zulu in full at The Citizen

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