18 May 2016
"Am I the Employer by law or Jurisdiction?" SADTU asks.
The SADTU North West Provincial Working Committee in its meeting, held on the 16 May 2016 noted with a debilitating discontent, the conduct by the Ministerial Task Team in collaboration with media on the alleged Cash- For - Post myth. The recurring conduct by this Team and the Department of Basic Education (North West Superintendent General) seeks to undermine our hard earned democracy with its democratic dictates. SADTU North West observed over the weekend, the untold myth that made rounds in the media reports regarding the MTT`s Final Report reflecting that:
This, in our view is a clear misrepresentation of facts. We want to once more reiterate that SADTU leadership at all levels with its entire SADTU population has said the selling of the posts and any irregular transaction in the recruitment process is unhealthy. It was to this end that SADTU committed herself to cooperate with the MTT and any authorised legal body in probing the realities around this saga.
If what the media reported represent squarely, the submission by the Department of Education through her Superintendent General, then our education system in the province is not safe. The PWC submits, with legitimate responsibilities entrusted upon legitimate officials, SADTU that is not empowered by any legal provision to appoint, is alleged to have the ability to secure more than 85% of its members to senior staff positions un- procedurally! This represents the declaration of the "Motion of No Confidence" by the Department against herself.
These submissions are very disturbing and amounts to tarnishing the image of not only SADTU as the organization but the education system itself. The Provincial Working Committee is of the view that these moves are not free from political inclination meant to undermine democratic formations and their processes.
The South African Schools Act accords to the School Governing Bodies the power to spearhead the recruitment processes. We cannot appreciate and agree to the department that violates this significant legal provision.
SADTU North West holds that there are still long outstanding challenges requiring speedy attention by the same department that to the contrary has vowed to launch an attack SADTU`s character. Such challenges include inter alia:
The Provincial Working Committee has thus resolved as follows:
The department and her SG must be warned that our patience as SADTU regarding their conduct is not limitless. SADTU is tired of being provoked.
ISSUED BY: SADTU NORTH WEST SECRETARIAT