SADTU in Need of Transformation

09 October 2013    


The Anglican Church of Southern Africa released a statement on Friday, calling on Anglican Church members, who are also part of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU), to "either transform the union to truly serve the cause of education, or resign" from it. This has resulted in an unwarranted attack by SADTU, calling the church judgemental, political pawns and even colonialist.


"The Anglican church has been a voice of morality in our society and sees unions, specifically SADTU, as the primary cause of the declining quality of education in our country. As the IFP, we have always recognised the role of unions; however, the politicisation of such unions will always have a negative effect on education" said IFP MP on Education, Mr. Alfred Mpontshane.


The IFP has condemned many actions taken by SADTU in the past, which have adversely affected our education system, especially in the Eastern Cape. Instances such as the abandonment of CAPS training for teachers, the testing of matric exam markers and the inability of the national department to evaluate the performances of principals and deputy principals are all due to SADTU's interference.


Service delivery has been especially hampered because of SADTU's actions.


"The IFP would like to encourage those who want to pursue their teaching commitment to do so without fearing any victimisation from other SADTU members. Teachers who continue to perform their duties with excellence must be applauded.


We must remember that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing - and as the Anglican Church has shown, we must not be silent when we see organisations that claim to serve our people go astray" said Mpontshane


Issued by:

Mr Alfred Mpontshane, IFP MP Spokesperson on Basic Education on 083 441 6201


Or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675