12 April 2022
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) in KwaZulu-Natal has worked tirelessly with the Department of Education to rescue teachers and learners trapped at Tholulwazi school under the Thousand Hills Branch.
The branch leadership, through Comrade Myeza, worked until 22:00 last night engaging the police and local department officials to rescue our teachers and learners. Unfortunately, teachers and learners had to sleep at school as there were no resources to safely remove them at school.
We are happy to report that the Department has indicated that they manged to secure a chopper and a boat through other sister departments to ensure that our teachers and learners are safely removed from school. However, we are now worried that even now there has been no actioning of this promise and as SADTU, we appeal to the powers that may be to prioritise this matter.
SADTU understands the stress that these teachers and learners encountered. We will do anything to support them recover from the pain and trauma they currently feel.
We are also engaging local community members to provide all the necessary support to the teachers and learners.
SADTU further understands the extent of damage that these rains have caused to communities. We urge communities to stand together and support each other during these challenging times.
We are informed that these inclement weather conditions are not yet over. SADTU therefore cautions members and community members to be responsible for their lives as well as for people around them. We urge them to take decisions that save lives.
School managers are required to show their leadership during these trying times and save lives. THERE IS NO REASON TO WANT PEOPLE TO COME TO SCHOOL IF IT IS DANGEROUS TO DO SO.
The Department has issued an internal memo to this regard and school managers are required to adhere to it.
ISSUED BY: SADTU KZN Secretariat CONTACT:
Nomarashiya Caluza: Provincial Secretary
082 611 7027
Jabulani Nxumalo: Deputy Provincial Secretary
082 611 7028