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Sadtu denies political conspiracy claims

Expelled president Thobile Ntola insists he was ousted for throwing the union’s weight behind Vavi.

Ntola insists he was expelled for throwing the union’s weight behind Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi - during his suspension for having sex with a junior employee. www.sadtu.org.za

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers Union ( Sadtu) on Wednesday denied reports the expulsion of its president Thobile Ntola is a political conspiracy.

Ntola insists he was expelled for throwing the union's weight behind Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi during his suspension.

Vavi was suspended by the trade union federation for having sex with a junior employee.

Ntola was first suspended last year shortly after allowing Vavi to address a Sadtu gathering in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

The union has been divided on its support for Vavi.

There are also internal divisions over Ntola's departure.

Sadtu Deputy Secretary General Nkosana Dolopi said Ntola was expelled for his conduct as president, which brought the union into disrepute.

"Comrade Ntola was never suspended for allowing comrade Vavi to address a meeting in the Eastern Cape. That's what he said, but as far as we're concerned, he's suspended for abusing his position and getting material benefits from our service providers."