Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The nation has spoken loud and clear through the secret ballot and the ANC has again been given a mandate to rule.
The majority of South Africans still believe that the ANC is the only party with the ability and capacity to take service delivery further.
The majority who voted for the ANC are the poor and the working class, people who hope that the new leadership will take them out of their miserable economic quagmire.
The ball is in the ANC's court now. The poor expect jobs, houses, electricity, clean running water and sanitation. The working class wants a living wage in the wake of persistent inflation.
The least paid are teachers who get salaries completely disproportionate to the essential duty they perform for to the nation.
Why this profession is not categorised as an essential service escapes my imagination.
They earn far less than other civil servants, including nurses, who benefited handsomely from the occupation specific dispensation .
At present the alliance partners are in a healthy and strong relationship and teachers will expect nothing less than a living wage for their sacrifices and sterling work.
Cosatu, particularly Sadtu, will be under the microscopic eyes of toiling teachers. They are waiting with bated breath for their increment packages .
Steven Sibuyi, Hazyview