Sadtu march underway

Teachers are currently marching in Pretoria and Cape Town in a bid to oust Angie Motshekga.

Sadtu members gather in Cape Town for the march against Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on 24 April 2013. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

PRETORIA - Hundreds of demonstrating teachers have gathered around a loud speaker as South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) leaders prepare to head to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Sadtu is demanding the resignation of Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Director-General Bobby Soobrayan for allegedly withdrawing a collective bargaining agreement.

The union has said it expects about 25,000 of its members to take part in marches in the capital city and Cape Town.

Teachers in their red shirts and waving placards with their demands are about to march through the Pretoria inner city to the Union Buildings.

Many say while they support President Jacob Zuma, he must act on Motshekga.

Sadtu is expected to handover a list of demands which includes the call for Zuma to fire Motshekga and Soobrayan.

The union's main grievance is the withdrawal of a collective bargaining agreement which would have seen exam markers receive a significant increase.

Sadtu members have been on a national go-slow since pupils return to school after the Easter holidays.


Teachers have also began their procession to Parliament.

After a slow start to the morning, teachers have eventually started marching to Parliament.

Some pupils have also joined the protest and say they need to support their teachers.

Meanwhile, Eyewitness News visited some schools earlier where many pupils still attended despite the strike.

The Western Cape Education Department says contingency plans are in place to counteract the industrial action.