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saceCity Press reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is allegedly using its dominance at the SA Council for Educators (Sace) to crush a smaller rival union formed by its former president, Thobile Ntola.  

An audio recording of a Sace executive committee meeting, held in February last year, reveals how Sadtu president Magope Maphila gave instructions to the council to deal with Ntola’s union, the SA Liberated Public Sector Workers’ Union (Salipswu).  The meeting dealt with various matters – including 22 Sace employees affiliated to Salipswu who had, a month earlier, staged a protest and disrupted meetings at Sace’s head office.  This was to demand recognition of their union at the council.  Shortly after the executive committee meeting, the 22 employees were fired.  In the recording, obtained by City Press last week, Maphila ostensibly instructed Sace’s CEO, Ella Mokgalane, and her management to find out whether Salipswu general secretary Ntola, treasurer Gordon Maseko and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi were still teachers.  If not, he said, “something” should be done to ensure that their behaviour was unwelcome in the profession should they wish to make their way back into the system.  Also, labour minister Thulas Nxesi was to be informed that “we are faced with this challenge” and that the registrar “must ask them [Salipswu] why they should not be deregistered”, while basic education minister Angie Motshekga, the director-general in her department, the portfolio committee on basic education and other stakeholders should be brought “on board”.  Sace CEO Mokgalane advised that at the executive committee meeting, members had been briefed about “illegal industrial action” which staff had embarked on in January 2019.  But she declined to comment on whether she had complied with Maphila’s instructions.  Ntola commented that Maphila’s remarks were an indication that government was captured by Sadtu.

  • Read the full original of the detailed report in the above regard by Msindisi Fengu at City Press

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