SADTU in the Eastern Cape demands the withdrawal of wrongful terminations or the Department will be taken to court

10 November 2016

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) in the Eastern Cape has noted with grave concern the persistent gross violations of the rights of Educators based on what clearly appears to be unsound and legally flawed decisions.

The department has issued letters to educators either terminating their appointments or indicating that it will stop paying their salaries by November and December 2016 respectively.

In the case of those whose services the department seeks to terminate, the department alleges that they were wrongly appointed. This is despite the fact that the said educators complied with all the requirements for appointment as educators. The educators applied for posts which were advertised, there was a pre-selection process involving the department, the educators were interviewed and appointments made. These educators were issued with letters of appointment indicating that they were appointed permanently on a twelve month probation period as per the Personnel Administration Measures.

In the case of the Educator whose salary would only be paid until December 2016, there is no indication why her salary will only be paid until December 2016 as there is no indication that her services will be terminated. She is also appointed permanently. This educator has not been paid her salary since her appointment since February 2016.

It is clear that the department has embarked on a process to systematically violate the rights of our members and educator. This is amply demonstrated by the fact that the department does not even attempt to comply with applicable laws in its actions.

We have sent a demand to the department to reverse these unlawful decisions in respect of any educator affected by this, failing which we shall have no option but to approach the courts for relief.

We condemn in the strongest terms these strong arm tactics and call upon the MEC to ensure that his department fully complies with the laws of this country.

Our members are called upon to report these unlawful actions by the department whenever such happens because teachers have an important responsibility in the building of the nation and our children must be protected at all material times by ensuring that educators are in class on time, on task and prepared. The violation of teachers` rights is a violation of children`s rights.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Eastern Cape Provincial Task Team

For enquiries: Provincial Administrators
Sindisile Zamisa- 0605875786
Chris Mdingi- 0605834462