sadtu90Independent News reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has reacted angrily to comments attributed to former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba that the Cosatu affiliate was protecting unqualified and incompetent teachers.  

Mashaba said that his new initiative, the People’s Dialogue, has received responses beyond his wildest expectations and that among the proposals made was that Sadtu must be restricted from protecting unqualified and incompetent teachers.  But the union hit back on Tuesday, accusing Mashaba of using his former master’s tactics, either suffering from a DA hangover or still dancing to his former master’s tune.  ”Mashaba, as a black African, should hang his head in shame for mimicking his master’s failed tricks.  The conditions our members work under in township and rural schools are well known and yet many, on a daily basis, confront and overcome them,” Sadtu said in a statement.  Sadtu also found it “nauseating” that Johannesburg’s former first citizen, whom it described as a product of inferior Bantu education who managed to overcome the odd, could call its members unqualified and incompetent.  It further said Mashaba must “go back to what you know best - fiddle with people’s hair.”  This was an apparent reference to Mashaba ‘Black Like Me’ hair products that made him rich.

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