13 November 2020
An unrecognised trade union - the Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) has unconditionally apologised to the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) and her members for the defamatory statements they published against SADTU on their Facebook page and website on 15, 16 and 20th July this year.
On 17th August at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban, SADTU successfully interdicted EUSA from making defamatory statements against the Union or her leaders and distributing these by any electronic means or otherwise.
In his judgement, Honourable Judge D. Pillay ruled that EUSA’s statements were defamatory and interdicted EUSA from distributing them directly or indirectly by electronic means or otherwise. Further, he ordered EUSA to apologise publicly and unconditionally for the injury caused to SADTU; remove the defamatory material or statements relating to SADTU; undertake to refrain from publishing similar statement in future; post a copy of the court order, the letter of apology and retraction on UESA’s Facebook and website.
The 15 July statement alleged that SADTU was involved in looting by inflating prices for the supply of Jojo tanks, sanitisers, masks and face shields to schools. This statement has since been removed from their Facebook page. The 16 July post accused SADTU of staging the grand loot of state financial resources; a sell-out that does not care about teachers and leaners and a big loser. This post has since been removed.
The 20 July statement alleged that SADTU was a“friend of the employer”; not and independent union and has conflicting interests and had failed in its duty to represent teachers. This statement has still not been removed from EUSA’s website and Facebook page.
EUSA delivered to SADTU a letter of apology signed by her President, Scelo Bhengu.
SADTU notes the letter of apology but we call on EUSA to comply with the court judgment in full and remove the 20 July statement from their Facebook page and website and publish the apology on their media platforms. Failure to do so is a direct violation of the court order and contempt of court.
SADTU has a right to its good name and unimpaired reputation and will go to whatever lengths to protect its good name. We won’t allow anyone to trample on SADTU’s name in order to attract publicity and attention.
ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat
General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke: 082 783 2968
Deputy General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi: 082 709 5651
Media Officer, Nomusa Cembi: 082 719 5157