The National Working Committee(NWC)  held an urgent meeting  to respond to the attack by the IFP. SADTU would like to record its disappointment in the IFP for its court application to have SADTU members removed as electoral officers. As SADTU we view this political grand standing as an irresponsible electioneering tactic.

The IFP is already looking for an excuse to object to the fairness of the elections even before the results are out. This is a clear indication that they have already been defeated even before the election. Like cowards they die many deaths before their actual death. SADTU members, like any other citizen, have the constitutional right to vote and association by joining any trade union or political party of their choice.

Therefore as SADTU we take serious exception to the manner in which the IFP is attacking our members.

Are they suggesting that it is fine for NATU members, NAPTOSA members as teachers to be Election Officers but not SADTU members as teachers?

In all these elections, teachers including heads of schools as professionals have always been involved with the IEC in different capacities and there were never any allegations of biasness toward the ruling party. Our position is that the IEC employs the skills, expertise and experience of the teaching professionals as built since 1994 by the IEC. In all the contracts between the IEC and the electoral officers, whether as teachers, nurses or police, there is no clause that requires ones trade union affiliation.

It is not surprising that such an attack is coming from a political party that has consistently over the years lost its relevancy amongst the South Africans. Its dwindling support is documented:

Election

Votes

%

Seats

2009

804,260

4.55

18

2004

1,088,664

6.97

28

1999

1,371,477

8.58

34

1994

2,058,294

10.54

43

 

The numbers do not lie. Looking at their performance it is clear that IFP is closing shop after 07 May elections.

Finally, we wish to express our full confidence in the IEC and all its officials in executing their responsibility as imposed by the South African Constitution.

Issued by SADTU Secretariat