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Sadtu waits for Zuma's response

Sadtu has given the president 21 days to respond to their demands or they will strike again.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) said on Tuesday it was waiting for a response from President Jacob Zuma on a memorandum it issued following a one-day strike last week.

Thousands of teachers stayed away from classrooms last Wednesday as part of a campaign to force Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her Director-General Bobby Soobrayan to step down.

They marched to the Union Buildings while another march took place in Parliament.

The action follows Motshekga's withdrawal from a signed collective agreement to increase pay for matric exam markers.

Sadtu General-Secretary Mugwena Maluleke said, "We have given the state 21 days to respond to our demands."

Motshekga has refused to step down or fire Soobrayan.

Sadtu also believes that Motshekga has failed to improve education.

Meanwhile, 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.

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