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Sadtu president expelled

Thobile Ntola has reportedly said his ousting was part of a political conspiracy to silence him.

Thobile Ntola has reportedly said his ousting was part of a political conspiracy to silence him. Picture: www.sadtu.org.za.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has expelled its president, Thobile Ntola.

Ntola was suspended last year after allowing Congress South African Trade Union (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to address a union gathering in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

At the time, Vavi was still under suspension for having sex with a co-worker.

Ntola is a staunch supporter of Zwelinzima Vavi, who is now back in his Cosatu position after winning a court case to have his suspension set aside.

The court case laid bare the division in the trade union federation.

Sadtu has been divided on support for Vavi, with some factions calling for his removal while others are aligned to Ntola.

Ntola reportedly said his ousting was part of a political conspiracy to silence him.

Cosatu said it was not going to comment this morning on the internal decisions of its affiliates.