17 April 2020
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) in North West Province is seriously disturbed and demoralized by the spate of break-ins and vandalism of schools in the province and the country in general.
It has been reported that since the lockdown, about 55 schools across the province have been vandalized and learner support materials in different forms stolen, windows broken, etc.
The union is highly disappointed that whilst the province and the country are faced with a huge challenge of dealing with COVID-19 some criminals opt to target schools and destroy the future of African children.
We view this as an act of treason because it has a potential of destroying the same future that the schools intend to build by providing learners with the necessary skills for their future.
As a union, we condemn these barbaric acts in strongest possible terms. We invited our communities to join the union on our campaign called “I AM A SCHOOL FAN” which seeks to mobilize all stakeholders in communities to defend and protect schools.
We urge our communities through Community Policing Forums, School Governing Bodies and the entire school communities to take a stand and the responsibility to protect schools and the future of our learners.
We are calling for the law enforcement agencies to swiftly move in and thoroughly investigate such acts. The perpetrators should be taken to task and handed heavy sentences.
ISSUED BY PROVINCIAL SECRETARIAT
Provincial Secretary: George Themba 071 385 4659
Provincial Deputy Secretary: Masaele Cindi 082 809 0064