24 April 2013
The on-going power tussle between SADTU and
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is paralysing the
plight and progress of education in South Africa.
The continued politicisation of unions is of
serious detriment to the maintenance of healthy democratic
checks and balances. SADTU in particular is flexing its muscles
at Minister Motshekga because they are riding high on the crest
of political influence in the tripartite alliance. SADTU is
single-handedly collapsing an already struggling education
Whatever beef, gripe and issue SADTU might
have with the minister does not in any way warrant the on-going
situation of a go-slow or this strike action taking place today.
Quite frankly this strike of today is highly
unprofessional and typical of people who do not care about the
future of our country. SADTU should not throw the baby out with
the bath water simply because it has a beef with Minister
Motshekga; learners should not suffer because of a political
squabble arising out of tensions in the tripartite alliance. Out
of respect one will not say their behaviour is childish but
rather it is childlike.
In 2012 the President of the IFP pointed out in his
response to the State of the Nation address that "(SADTU) the
ANC-aligned Union continues to act like an organisation
hell-bent on destroying the future of our children. SADTU should
be rebuked, not praised, for their actions have aggravated and
deepened the crisis in our education system. Instead of acting
like responsible educators, some members of SADTU have, on
numerous occasions, proven themselves irresponsible,
unprofessional and unfit to educate South Africa's learners."
In light of the strike action today this
observation is correct.
The IFPYB is firmly of the view that the time
has come for education to be declared an essential service to
protect the collective interests of learners and our common
future which is dependent on a literate, skilled, knowledgeable
and educated workforce.
The time has come to do that which is right
and correct; education must be declared an essential service.
The previously disadvantaged communities
continue to be presently disadvantaged. The children of SADTU
members go to the former Model C schools which continue to teach
today, whilst the learners in rural, semi-urban and township
schools bear the brunt of SADTU's temper-tantrum.
We are making a clarion call to all South
Africans to reject SADTU and its clandestine attempts to keep
the black child unlearned and ignorant.
Government must man up and declare education
an essential service to safeguard the process of learning and
teaching from unnecessary disruptions.
Contact: IFPYB National Chairperson, Mkhuleko
Hlengwa MP, 083 871 2711