Sadtu to go ahead with march

Sadtu members during a strike. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in the East Rand said it had not called off a planned march by teachers in Ekhuruleni on Wednesday, even though the Gauteng Department of Education secured an urgent interdict preventing the mass action.

The department went to court on Monday evening to stop the largest teachers’ union from marching.

It said Sadtu wanted to mobilise support for its regional secretary Paul Mbhele, who was convicted of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds during a disciplinary hearing by independent forensic auditors.

The provincial education department claims the misused funds amounted to R200,000.

Mbele, who was principal of Kuzimisela Primary School in Daveyton, lodged an appeal against the dismissal.

He says the protest has nothing to do with him, but rather with the department's recruitment process and other issues. 

Mbhele said the march was due to start at 1pm in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, but that teachers would report to work until then.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)