SADTU Free State to march against corruption and intransigent principal of Motheo TVET College

8 MARCH 2016

The South African Democratic Teachers Union in Free State calls on all members to take part in the protest march on the 09th March 2016 against corruption and stubborn principal of Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein.

Members will assemble at Batho Location Hall from 09H00 and the march will proceed to Motheo TVET College at the Central Campus in the CBD where the memorandum will be handed to the Minister of Department of Higher Education and Training at 13H00.

The march is a follow-up to the picket by members of the union on the 3rd of September 2015 where DHET failed to receive the memorandum despite their confirmation.

This the union did not take lightly as it was an indication of disrespect and undermining of the serious issues about the college.

The subsequent litany of meetings with the Department of Higher Education and Training led by the Deputy Director General failed to yield the expected results of removing the principal of the college who has elevated herself beyond reproach and the DHET has fallen to her tricks and she is still continuing with her corruption, victimization, intimidation, purging and sidelining of SADTU members.

The memorandum will entail the following:

  • Failure by the DHET to take action against the principal for failing to carry lawful instructions as directed by DHET- amongst them being;
  • To desist from utilising the services of an attorney who has cost the College fortune in representing the college in disciplinary hearings without winning then;
  • Failure by DHET to discipline principal who has caused department to pay millions of rands for suspended lectures and their substitutes, pay compensation to those who won cases and elevating disciplinary matters to labour court and waste tax payers money
  • To reinstate and allocate lecturers/employees who were exonerate in disciplinary hearings their jobs back
  • Infringement on the right of workers to belong to a trade union and victimization of workers for belonging to SADTU
  • Failure by DHET to conduct forensic investigation on college finances, HR and labour matters, student leadership and governance.
  • The immediate removal of the principal in order to allow due processes to take place without undue influence and intimidation by the principal.

SADTU has complied with the Gatherings Act No 205 of 1993 in terms of application for the march and permission has been granted.