Classrooms empty as teachers go on strike

Thousands of classrooms will be empty as teachers affiliated to Sadtu embark on a nationwide strike.

A file picture of a teachers strike. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - School classrooms will stand empty on Wednesday as thousands of teachers affiliated to union Sadtu take to the streets.

Demonstrators are expected to gather in the Pretoria inner city and march to the Union Buildings.

In Cape Town Sadtu members will march to Parliament.

The union is calling for the resignation of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her Director General Bobby Soobrayan.

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

About 25,000 union members are expected to join marches in Pretoria and Cape Town.

And while the department said the strike is illegal, union leaders have dismissed threats of disciplinary action and appealed to pupils to join them.

The Basic Education Department has warned that it will take drastic action against teachers taking part on the demonstration and further warned principals who failed to keep a teacher attendance register will be also be punished.

Meanwhile, Motshekga said on Tuesday the fact that Sadtu has called a national strike is deeply concerning.

The Minister said the campaign is misguided and unfortunate.

"I will be meeting MEC's on Thursday to assess the situation and take steps agreed on to be taken because these on-going activities are a real sabotage to our children's future."