Teachers told to teach in school hours
The Gauteng education department has been granted an urgent interdict by the Johannesburg Labour Court to prevent the SA Democratic Teachers Union from disrupting schooling in Ekurhuleni.
"The interdict prevents the union's East Rand region from calling on or instigating its members to disrupt learning in any way, [and] suspend teaching or any of their other duties during learning hours," department spokesman Charles Phalane said in a statement.
The disruption was to take place today, and the department secured the interdict last night.
The court order further prevents Sadtu engaging in any union activity during learning hours without GDE permission and releasing pupils from school before the end of the school day without GDE permission.
The interdict also effectively prevents Sadtu members from leaving school early and marching to and disrupting work at department offices.
Phalane said the GDE took Sadtu to court to ensure that students in Ekurhuleni would not be negatively affected by the union's East Rand membership mobilising support for its secretary.
"He is facing dismissal following his conviction in a disciplinary hearing on charges of mismanagement and misappropriation of school funds at Kuzimisela Primary School in Daveyton."
The matter is currently before the Gauteng education MEC on appeal.
Sadtu was not immediately available for comment.