Calls for Zuma to fire Motshekga

Cosatu says it supports Sadtu’s demand that Minister Angie Motshekga be fired.

Sadtu members march in Marabastad on 24 April 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

PRETORIA - President of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) S'dumo Dlamini demanded that President Jacob Zuma fire Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director general Bobby Soobrayan.

Dlamini addressed several thousand teachers who demonstrated at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, and handed over their memorandum of demands.

He warned the government not to betray the workers of the country, saying teachers wanted to focus on their duties.

He accused Motshekga and Soobrayan of standing in the way of transformation.

Dlamini called for new leaders to be appointed to address problems in the department, including textbook issues.

He said Cosatu was fully behind their struggle, and appealed to the teachers to continue supporting the trade union federation.

The union also said government could expect a full-blown strike in the education sector if the minister does not resign within 21 days.