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Sadtu suspends go-slow

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union is now willing to engage the Basic Education Ministry.

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

CAPE TOWN - The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) on Monday agreed to suspend its go-slow.

Its members at public schools embarked on work-to-rule action since pupils returned from the Easter holidays.

Sadtu has been calling for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director-general Bobby Soobrayan to step down.

Union members say they have lost confidence in the duo.

However, it appears Sadtu has had a change of heart.

The union's Nkosana Dolopi said, "We now have a better environment for engagement [with officials]. We want to engage [with] the ministry to try and [get them to] respond to the real issues."

Parties have agreed that allegations of corruption against Soobrayan will be referred to the Public Service Commission.

In April, thousands of teachers stayed away from school and marched to Parliament in Cape Town and the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

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

Sadtu gave President Jacob Zuma 21 days to respond to its grievances.