Sadtu protests are justified - Cosatu

Cosatu says protests action by Sadtu are justified because their aim is to improve the education system.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Friday the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) protest is justified because it is for a better education system.

Thousands of teachers marched to the union buildings in Pretoria and Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday demanding that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her Director-General Bobby Soobrayan resign.

Cosatu's Patrick Craven said it was high time the right people took responsibility for issues plaguing education instead of blaming teachers.

"We fully support work-to-rule, which is not a go-slow and not a strike, and we fully supported the march and we will support any future action they take to defend teacher's working conditions and to drastically improve the quality of education in our country."

Motshekga has refused to step down or fire Soobrayan.

Meanwhile, around 5,000 Western Cape teachers took part in the strike.

Western Cape Sadtu also called for Education MEC Donald Grant's resignation.

This comes after his attempt to close down 17 schools in the province.

President Jacob Zuma now has just under three weeks to respond to the demands or face a full blown teachers' strike.