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sadtu90The Sowetan reports that hundreds of pupils in Eldorado Park were left stranded on Monday after teachers affiliated to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) went on strike.  

Most schools had no activities, while at other schools pupils were sent home early.  This came after seven black teachers, who are Sadtu members, from Eldorado Park Secondary School were prevented from entering the school premises after they had been reporting to the district for 13 months following conflict with the principal.  The conflict started when the teachers allegedly accused the principal of mismanagement, racism and threatening one of them with a knife.  Sadtu branch member Desmond Luvhengo said the union had held a regional meeting last week where a decision was taken by 10 branches to withdraw labour in support of the demand that the seven teachers be allowed back at the school.  Luvhengo said they were also demanding the immediate removal of the principal, but added that “the strike has been suspended as we hope that Gauteng department will be able to resolve this issue.”  Luvhengo also said they would march to the Eldorado Park police station on Friday demanding to know what had happened to the case opened by the seven teachers against the principal.

  • Read Yoliswa Sobuwa’s report on this story in full on page 6 of Sowetan of 29 January 2019

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