Fired SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) president Willie Madisha says conspirators have been working hard to get rid of him.
"I am bitter, I must say. I can't hide that," Madisha told Sowetan. "After being president of Sadtu for 13 years and being one of the founders of the union in 1990, this is how my contribution to the union is being destroyed by these conspirators."
Madisha has been fired too by the SACP and the Congress of SA Trade Unions, where he held the position of president.
He said his deputy president in Sadtu, Thobile Ntola, who is now acting leader of Sadtu, had participated in all the hearings against him.
Madisha said this was despite the fact that Ntola had a vested interest in the cases as an apparent successor to him, if he were to be removed from his posts.
Ntola sat in on the SACP hearing as a member of the party's central committee, in Cosatu he represented Sadtu and in the final Sadtu disciplinary committee hearing that fired Madisha, he acted as the union's president.
Madisha described his dismissal from Sadtu as unfair and unlawful.
The "principle of natural justice was not followed at all".
He refuted a claim that he opposed Zuma's leadership. Regarding the claim that he had acted out of turn by talking to the media about R50000 handed to SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande, he said he was doing his job as an SACP leader and politburo member to talk about finances of the party.
The R500000 furore had nothing to do with Sadtu. He said his dismissal was "ridiculous".