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By unknown | Feb 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

The suspended Sadtu president Willie Madisha will chew chalk again should his union expel him.

Madisha has been charged with bringing the union into disrepute for allegedly telling members of the union not to vote for "immoral leaders".

That statement was interpreted as an attack on then ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma, who was Sadtu's candidate of choice for party president.

A disciplinary hearing is expected to conclude the matter before the end of this month.

Limpopo department of education spokesman, Ndo Mangala said Madisha, "like all other unionists on the payroll of the department had been given time off to perform their duties in their respective unions".

"If Madisha is relieved of his duties, for us to keep paying his salary he will have to report back to class," said Mangala.

He could not recall the school where Madisha taught before he was released to serve the union.

Madisha, who positioned himself as a lone supporter of President Thabo Mbeki in the union leading to the ANC December conference, paid dearly for his views.

When he crossed swords with SACP general secretary, Blade Nzimande in the R500000 saga over the alleged donation to the party, he put his political career at risk.

Madisha's own union Cosatu and its affiliate Sadtu, with the SACP supported and campaigned for Zuma to become ANC president.

Madisha publicly contradicted and attacked Nzimande whom he portrayed as responsible for the disappearance of the donation.

He stepped down as president of Cosatu after the federation said it would investigate the disappearance of the money.

Sadtu suspended him for allegedly persuading Sadtu members not to vote for Zuma.

Since his suspension, Sadtu has withdrawn his allowance and taken away the vehicle allocated to him.

Sadtu general secretary Thulas Nxesi refused to comment.

Madisha was not available for comment.


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