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Strikers take 'war' to talks venue

By unknown | Jun 22, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

Striking teachers, who have been raiding carefully selected targets every day for the past two weeks, will join colleagues today and descend on the Public Service Bargaining Council offices in Centurion, Pretoria.

An organised group of Sadtu members has systematically chosen fresh targets each day and has been involved in violent attacks on educational institutions in the past two weeks.

Among the actions by this group of Sadtu members are:

l Last week's attack on the principal, pupils and teachers at St George's Primary School in Ennerdale, Johannesburg.

l The destruction of property, assault on a secretary, and threats against teachers and journalists at the private St Matthew's Secondary School in Soweto, this week.

l Leading Tuesday's assault on the Education Department's offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, when police had to fire rubber bullets at strikers who tried to break down a security gate.

l Taking part in Wednesday's violence at the district offices in Pimville, Soweto, where 26 vehicles were trashed.

Though Sadtu's regional deputy secretary, Ronald Nyathi, yesterday said violence was not the union's policy, he said, "All members in the province will picket outside the offices where the negotiations will be taking place."


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