Remember the article titled Oliver Tambo: Broadcast on the 8th Anniversary of Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1969, when he made it bold that " This is the formidable challenge in the face of which many fighters will flee the ranks of revolutionary forces and join condemned platoons of counter-revolutionaries and traitors". He meant the events such as the one we have in Ekurhuleni about SADTU.
Surely, you must have studied Loui Shaqui's work entitled How To Be A Good Communist, I hope.
Essentially, you must have, at least, heard about another publication entitled Enemy Hidden Under The Same Colour from the SACP.
I mention these few seminal documents to bring your attention to the reality of the struggle, and the manifest politics of factionalism.
This may assist to bring to light the stark existence of economism in the spin of this saga.
We must note that in this struggle we have our democratic centralism principle that we must guard, and leadership collectivism that we need to maintain, if we are to drape ourselves with an appellation of being disciplined.
Also, we must tell the truth, as we know it, which can be corroborated with facts, instead of whimsical segmented accentuations that have factional veneer.
The centrality of the SADTU Ekurhuleni debacle revolves, as it does, on the Regional Secretary's dismissal, as a School Principal for charges that are entailed in the requisite sheet, which include myriad factors that constitute misconduct.
He was relieved of his duties for those, and the matter, as we are all aware, is on appeal with the office of the MEC.
Subsequently, comrade, we had a Programme of Action that, suddenly, sprouted to marshal the workers to down tools, and engage in a go-slow, after the initial March flunked.
There is a resuscitation of another March.
We, also, know that there are comrades who claimed their monies back from the last strike, which was sanctioned by the leadership, and submitted affidavits that confirm that they were nto on strike.
We know them, and we are aware that they are very close to the Regional Secretary.
In fact, we know that there is a claim, unverified, that those who have received these monies murmur that they obtained the directive from the Regional Secretary.
We are aware that they were on strike with us. We suffered the consequence of the strike through deductions, and we never lied, and tried to recoup monies from the employer.
Do you not know this, comrade?
Cdes. As SADTU members in the East Rand, we will forever support our Regional leadership as we are the ones who are well versed with the issues besieging us and them. As for the provincial leadership, they have displayed that they have lost touch with their constituency as they have turned into departmental spokespersons and abandoned their duties as unionists. They are proving that really they are lackeys of the GDE and that they are harbouring ambitions of one day being bureaucrats themselves. There is no way that they can speak on behalf of the East Rand leadership because they failed to intervene from the onset with regards to the challenges we are facing. All they know is to rush to media and distance themselves from what is happening instead of admitting their failure as the provincial leadership. Cdes. know that SADTU Gauteng Province is being auctioned off to the GDE by people who are carrying Z83's. AMANDLA...
Gauteng SADTU Media Statement, 15 August 2012
East Rand March
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union was not aware of plans by members in Ekurhuleni to hold a march today to mobilise support for the East Rand Regional Secretary who was dismissed after being found guilty by a departmental disciplinary committee.
Last night, the Gauteng Department of Education was granted an urgent interdict by the Johannesburg Labour Court to prevent SADTU from disrupting schooling in Ekurhuleni and not to participate in the march.
Last month, SADTU in Gauteng held a special Provincial Executive Committee meeting to deliberate on the matter. The meeting resolved that the region put in abeyance the proposed programme of action which included a march and follow the legal route. An appeal was lodged with Education MEC. The process has not been concluded. A dispute has been lodged in the Education and Labour Relations Council and the matter was still pending. The member has a recourse and that is what the PEC has resolved upon.
Resorting to a march is a right of any worker and a right we have as teachers. However, we don’t apply this right at a drop of a hat. Certain procedures need to be followed first before embarking on a march. The legal route is one strategy we have adopted to have this matter resolved.
We urge our members not to participate in any programme of action but to remain at their work-stations and perform their duties.
Issued by SADTU Gauteng
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