Teacher unions call for action
THE South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) and the National Democratic Teachers Union (Nadtu) brought the Department of Education district offices in KwaDukuza to a standstill on Tuesday, August 14.
The two unions, however, had different demands.
Sadtu is demanding the removal of top officials in the district whereas Nadtu wants the removal of district director Musa Madondo.
Sadtu is demanding the removal of three officials (whose names are known to the Stanger Weekly) for allegedly selling of teacher posts and corruption within the department. Mthembeni Zuma, Sadtu KwaDukuza chairperson, said that there is mounting evidence of the corruption from the individuals and the matter has been handed over to the provincial department.“There are countless allegations, ranging from selling of teacher posts, hiring of teachers without appointment letters, nepotism, bribery and not following due diligence in the appointments process. “As Sadtu, we feel as though this is affecting our schools performance in the district and we are busy consulting with the Mandeni branch for them to join our mobilisation as we are also putting more pressure on the department,” said Zuma. On the other hand, Nadtu in the region were singing a different tune as they were demanding the removal of district director Musa Madondo who they claim was appointed unlawfully.
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The union’s regional chairperson Dotcor Ngema said they are calling for Madondo’s removal as they don’t recognise his appointment in the district as he had applied for a the same post elsewhere.
“Under Madondo’s leadership there has been a lot of inconsistency within the department and also he forcefully removed officials from the Ndwedwe office to have them work here in the district office and we are against that, so we have contacted the head office to come and address the matter,” said Ngema.However Sadtu disputed Nadtu’s claims as they reiterated that they are fully behind the director as he is championing routing out the corruption in the department. The department had not made any comments with regards to the matter at the time of going to press.