SADTU wins another court application on the eve of its 8th National Congress

30 September 2014

The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) has once more been vindicated; the courts are not platforms to be abused to fight domestic differences in the Union.

Some members from the Gaba Makathini branch in KwaZulu Natal took the Union to the High Court over the decision to disband them in 2013. Their urgent application sought to have the Union`s decision declared invalid, restoration of the disbanded executive committee and the removal of legitimately elected delegates to the Union`s national congress scheduled for Thursday, 2nd - 5th October 2014 , was struck off the roll for lack of urgency in the High court , in Pietermaritzburg today.

The union condemns the new tendency of abusing courts to resolve differences, without exhausting internal remedies available as per the Constitution of SADTU.

We are further disturbed by the timing of this Court application. It is our considered view that the court application was aimed at defocusing us, and casting doubt on the union before our Congress. We remain concerned at how ordinary teachers, earning so little, can afford expensive advocates and take on the might of the Union at courts.

We are resolute and prepared to defend the Union at any available platform. We are and will never be deterred by any one to rid the Union of ill-discipline. We are a Union of professionals and we expect high levels of professionalism and discipline from our members. No one is above the Constitution of the Union.

Members join the Union at their own will. If ever anyone feels unhappy and cannot abide by the rules, they are free to leave voluntarily without disrupting or offending the Constitution of the Union.

We are advanced in our preparations for our 8th National Congress and we want to assure all our delegates, that we have done everything humanly possible to secure them at the Congress. We want all delegates to feel free to be part and participate in our "parliament" to advance our campaign for free quality public education for all and improve the condition of service for education workers.

President Jacob Zuma will deliver the keynote address. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande will also address the Congress. The President of Cosatu, Comrade Sidumo Dlamini, will speak on behalf of Cosatu.

The Deputy General Secretary of Education International comrade Haldis Holst , will represent the 30 million education workers all over the world.

The congress ends on Sunday with the announcement of the new leadership and the reading of the Declaration.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat