SADTU KZN would like to join the National Working Committee in their statement delivered on behalf of the National Executive Committee. We re-affirm the NEC decision on the vote of no confidence to both the outgoing Minister of Education and her henchman, Bobby.

We believe that the NEC decision is long overdue in light of all the mess observed on daily basis in our education system especially since her appointment in this important position.  Perhaps at this point we must revisit the responsibilities and behaviour expected of a South African  Minister of Basic Education” as per …. It says

The Minister of Basic Education is the Minister in the Cabinet of South Africa with the responsibility of overseeing the department of Basic Education which is responsible for primary and secondary education. According to the Thesaurus to “oversee” means: to WATCH OVER, DIRECT, SUPERVISE. The synonyms of supervise is to BOSS, OVERLOOK, SUPERINTEND  All this means “to have the direction and oversight of the performance of others. This in brief explains the role, duties and responsibilities of the South African Minister.

In his 2009 statement when he was appointing Angie and other Ministers, the President Honourable Jacob Zuma said:
“We stated clearly during the campaign that we want an efficient, caring and effective administration which will be accessible and responsive to the needs of the people. We reiterate that we will not tolerate laziness and incompetence and that we will emphasize excellence and achievement from the CABINET AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE…I AM CONFIDENT THAT a new structure of government will enable the state machinery to speed up service delivery.”

About the South African public President Zuma said:
“We request the South African public and all key sectors of our society to support     them (the new Cabinet) in their national service”.

In terms of the general understanding, the responsibility of the Director General of Basic Education like Bobby Soobrayan is to demonstrate the capacity to PLAN, ORGANIZE, STAFF, CONTROL and LEAD an organisation for the purposes of accomplishing a particular goal.  The goal of a post 1994 administration is to deepen the national democratic revolution such that the triple contradictions of race, class and gender are resolved in favour of the working class and the poor. The broad policy framework as captured through such programmes as schooling 2025, quality learning and teaching campaign (which all find expression within the context of the National Development Plan), the Millennium Goals (and other such Internationally acclaimed programmes) should serve as a revolutionary campus for a director general founded on the principles of the National Democratic Revolution. In this instance we are afraid to pronounce that uncle Booby Soobrayan, as the current director general of Basic Education, is committed not only to ensure that the above goals are not met but also to make sure that even the little that this country has achieved thus far is reversed.

In response to President Zuma’s plea for Angie to provide direction and oversight on the performance of her supervisee (Bobby Soobrayan), Angie did the opposite. She did not only tolerate but also encouraged the following:

  • She tolerated and encouraged that the people of Eastern Cape do not receive speed up and quality education delivery. She ensured that the state of education deteriorate even further by being a useless spectator when pupils of Eastern Cape continued to learn on mud and dilapidating schools, with no minimum level of learning material causing them to try their luck in Western Cape and earn a name of being refugees from the counterrevolutionary, heartless Helen Zille. To date parents (not teachers) of Eastern Cape have taken  a stand against the department to an extent that many schools are being shut down by parents demanding employment of more teachers but with no decisive and responsive action or intervention by either the Supervisor (Angie) or Supervisee ( the Bobby). That tarnished the president’s dream of an efficient and caring administration. For how long are we expected to tolerate this laziness?
  • Recently she has embarrassed our government by being dragged to court and lost on another case moved by the opportunistic, counterrevolutionary project called Equality Education just because she is incompetent not to have seen a glaring need for coming up with a framework to address infrastructural backlog in the country and thereby demonstrate willingness to deal with apartheid colonialist spatial underdevelopment. What kind of a “comrade” is this for how long must we give in to inefficiency?
  • Since she came in she never demonstrated expected grasp of staff provisioning (PPM) matters hence she has never come with the strategy to address the issue of staffing in the country and thereby consciously supervising, encouraging and deepening class inequality in relation to curriculum content, class size and post provisioning. Blacks and African schools in particular are still trapped within apartheid colonialist conditions premised on a schooling system reproducing the same backward and inhuman system of capitalism and thereby being continuously made to be breeders of the deepening challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. For how long should we be mum while those entrusted with responsibilities continue to draw salaries on monthly basis just for doing nothing?
  • This hopeless and helpless Minister was so much arrogant and less concerned when learners in Northern Cape were being denied education by community protesters (not educators) who closed all schools in their demand for a tarred road. She publicly stated that she did not see any need to intervene for fear of endangering her life, what life?  Where is the caring attitude the president requested during her appointment. For how long must we keep selfish, egocentric and self- serving Ministers in our country?
  • Her small mindedness coupled with lack of appropriate thinking faculties has rendered her adopting a backward cut and paste, copy-cat approach education management and administration where she adopts all Helen Zille’s primitive and short cut strategies characteristic of old apartheid police system. For example when Zille’s in her ….wakes up and adopt competency tests, Gogo Angie comes kneeling and request a recipe, when Zille in her moment of madness (which rules 99,9% of her life) wakes up dreaming electronic machines, the Gogo Angie comes with her big toothless smile to request for a menu. It was not surprising when Angie backed Zille on the matter of closure of schools in Cape Town to an extent that she (Angie) and her well known gangster Bobby filed opposing papers to a legitimate and revolutionary action of the progressive forces in Cape Town. What kind of an ANC Minister this one who renders herself the project of a backward, untransformed and musty Zille. For how long must we accept this backward and small mindedness characteristic of a small and hopeless rural producer?
  • The world-wide spoken about scandal of the LIMPOPO TEXTBOOKS should have been enough to convince the president that there is no person in this Minister. A minister who is given the responsibility to turn around the apartheid damaged  education system (the only fundamental tool to a better life) but instead not only make a mockery of that tool but also make use of that important instrument to do the opposite ( deepen illiteracy). Such demonstrate not only failure to manage or plan but rather it demonstrates failure to think emanating from very low faculties of reasoning. Given this who in his/her sober mind will continue to want to stay with such sloth.
  • Workers working in offices as clerks, security and cleaners don’t even seem to feature in her life as the Minister. Their conditions are the most horrible. There is no framework that regulates their conditions of service. The issue of uniform and other tools of the trade fall far away from her sphere of small thinking. Their entry levels differ from one province to the other and from one department within a province to the other and all of these levels are at a devastatingly lower point.  Angie does not care and to her the non-teaching staff does not exist. While her department is a pioneer ( or  is supposed to be) of life-long learning but even to date, that those who are supposed to have their qualifications recognised and paid for, still falls way outside her small ambit of thinking.  For how long must the country keep honouring idleness?
  • As for grade R, the story is pathetic to recite. Angie adopted, or was made to, the so called schooling 2025 (obviously the work of consultants, very impetuous, but very sophisticated {nevertheless} for Angie to comprehend). This program, amongst other milestones, enjoins Angie to have created a solid foundation phase by 2014. But to date she has not even come up a hazy conceptual document as an indication of commitment to meet the target. She has not only failed to practically build a momentum for a solid foundation but she has also created havoc within the ECD phase such that there is no uniformity or at least some semblance of sanity on either norms and standard for qualification of workers, infrastructure as well as issues of curriculum and remuneration. In the presence of this vacuum Provinces and ECD centres do as they please and as usual the victims become workers and the working class children. How long….
  • The arrogance demonstrated by Angie as a show of support to his indolent DG which led to them unilaterally withdrawing from the collective agreement represents the worst form of attack, not only to collective bargaining but also an attack to the constitution of this country that allows for rights……and the labour relations Act which …..an attack to international labour which informs such documents. In essence it represents murder of Labour Peace. When labour peace is killed, the events like those of Marikana will be the order of the day. To think that SADTU has been patiently waiting for the delivery of the Collective Agreement signed in 2011 by all chamber parties including the DG Bobby. To think that we had to keep containing the legitimate anger of our members for two consecutive years only to be told by DG, Bobby, that he “was not aware what he was signing, he did not read and understand the agreement very well”, where was Angie as early as when such words were uttered. Where was she to enforce the President’s words; “We will not tolerate laziness and incompetence!”
  • We as SADTU have done our part. On that day in question the president said… “We request the South African Public and key sectors of society to support them (cabinet ministers) in their national service!” as SADTU we worked together with progressive and key sectors of society; SASCO, COSAS, YCL, ANCYL together with the department we committed ourselves to improve education outcomes by signing up on Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign, which has (among its blue prints) the so called none-negotiables and Tasks On Times. We built a Curtis Kondo Teacher Development institute to coordinate all our education intervention programs. We requested our members to work beyond the call of duty, work overtime and extra hours and compromise their rights in terms of the applicable labour legislative framework. We, in the process, made use of the little money our members donate through subscriptions. We signed on the three year (very weak) Multi-term Agreement as a huge compromise but for the purposes of creating a labour peace environment through which, we thought, we would fast track transformation and bring about better education for better life. We did that thinking that the department were with us in thinking that all of us are doing and committing on all we did just for the sake of the working class children. Consequential to all our efforts Matric results continuously increased from 57% in 2008 to more than 73% in 2012 even ANA results have demonstrated improvement. It should also be noted that results went up without any qualitative input from the department either in the area of school resourcing, infrastructure or worker benefits.
  • Now it is clear that we have been “used” and that such work was not worth appreciation by those who hold an anti – worker, anti-COSATU attitude, the right-wing liberals from within the movement. These anti-worker, anti-SADTU calls immediately after Mangaung (declaring Education as Essential service; the introduction of electric machines, the withdrawal of collective agreements etc.) are not coincidental but seriously ideological. The spirit of the letter by the same education Minister to SADTU NEC on the matric marking tariffs matter, the behaviour of the DG throughout this process as well as the unprecedentedly arrogant call by the ministers spoke person (Lesufi…) are all indicative of the WAR DECLARATION POSTURE. What is now remaining is a CORRESPONDING RESPONSE FROM US. The fact that they threaten to kill our General Secretary, his kids and family is indicative of their state of readiness to go to war and SADTU IS LEFT WITH NO OPTION BUT TO GO TO WAR IN ORDER TO STOP THE WAR BEING METED OUT AGAINST THE WORKERS, THEIR LEADERS AND THE WORKING CLASS CHILDREN.

We have been lied to for several times; where are LAPTOPS we were promised many years are ago?  Where is the HOUSING SCHEME? Where is our 1, 5% notch difference? Where is our rural incentive? The list is endless…

KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCE OF SADTU IS FORMALY JOINING OTHER PROVINCES OF OUR MIGHTY ORGANISATION THAT ARE ALREADY AT WAR. Remember “THE WORKING CLASS MAKES CHANGES NOT UNDER THE ENVIRONMENT OF THEIR OWN CHOOSING.”

THIS FRIDAY (08 MARCH 2013), SADTU KZN IS GOING TO BATTLE. WE WILL CONDUCT LUNCH HOUR DEMONSTRATIONS/PICKETS AT ALL DEPARTMENTAL OFFICES FROM 12H00 ONWARDS. MAJOR DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BE AT HEAD OFFICE OF DEPARTMENT IN PIETERMARIZBURG, EMPANGENI AS WELL AS DURBAN.

WE HAVE INFORMED THE DEPARTMENT THAT WE ARE TAKING HALF A DAY OF OUR 15 TIME OF DAYS AS SHOP STEWARDS SO THERE CAN’T BE NO WORK NO PAY PRINCIPLE APPLIED.

  • SO FAR ONLY SITE STEWARDS MUST PARTICIPATE
  • MEMBERS OF SADTU AND ALL PROGRESSIVE WORKERS ARE URGED NOT TO DO EXTRA WORK. JUST OBSERVE YOUR 7 HOURS A DAY. NO WORK AFTER HOURS! NO WORK EARLY HOURS! NO WORK SATURDAYS! NO WORK SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS
  • DON’T ATTEND DEPARTMENTAL WORKSHOPS OUTSIDE YOUR PLACE OF WORK
  • DON’T MARK ANA EXAM/TESTS! DON’T MARK SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMS
  • ALL STRUCTURES MUST DISENGAGE WITH THE DEPARTMENT
  • DON’T ALLOW ANYBODY TO COME TO YOUR PLACE OF WORK AND DEMAND THINGS.
  • WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE ACTION IF OUR DEMANDS ARE NOT MET!

 

RRRUUNN ANGIE RRRUUUNNN! RRRUUUNNN BOBBY RRRUUUN!

NB: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT

 

  • Mbuyiseni Mathonsi – KZN Provincial Secretary 082 6117027
  • Nomarashiya Caluza- KZN Deputy Secretary 0826117082