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By unknown | May 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union in North West believes teachers in Khutsong were suspended in bad faith.

Last week, four teachers were suspended by North West's department of education for allegedly instigating students to boycott classes as part of continuing protests against the government's decision to incorporate their municipality into North West.

The union's provincial chairman, Mxolisi Bomvana, said the situation in Khutsong was volatile and that the education department should not have expected teachers to report for duty as normal.

"The situation is not conducive to teaching," he said. "Teachers' lives are paramount."

Bomvana said the union would defend the suspended teachers.

Meanwhile, 12 Khutsong residents who were arrested on Freedom Day for public violence had their charges withdrawn in the Khutsong district court on Monday.

The 12 had participated in demonstrations against the government's incorporation plans.

The SABC reported yesterday that the Merafong Demarcation Forum had decided to take their case to the Constitutional Court.


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