SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) claims it is being targeted and being used as a scapegoat in the damning jobs-for-cash report.
The jobs-for-cash report is an investigation by the Department of Basic Education into allegations that teacher unions were appointing teachers in exchange for cash.
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Sadtu is a dominant union... The problem arises when you use the dominance inappropriately, either advertantly or inadvertently.— Prof John Volmink, Head of Ministerial Teak Team
What we are doing is to sensitise Sadtu and make them aware of how that power is being used and whether that is in the interest of education or not.— Prof John Volmink, Head of Ministerial Task Team
That does not exonerate union members, whether individually or corporately from using undue influence of varying kinds to affect appointments to posts.— Prof John Volmink, Head of Ministerial Task Team
Volmink says they are not blaming Sadtu as an organisation, but rather believe that because the union is so strong, some individual members "are using the system of patronage to get the results they desire."
We think our union is being targeted, our union is being singled-out and our union is being used as a scapegoat for the ills we are confronted with.— Nkosana Dolopi, Deputy General-Secretary of Sadtu
Dolopi insists that there is no evidence that Sadtu has played a role in any improper conduct.
He does not tell South Africans that there is any evidence that shows that our union sold any posts.— Nkosana Dolopi, Deputy General-Secretary of Sadtu
If there is enough information available that they were indeed involved in selling posts, then the law must take its' course.— Nkosana Dolopi, Deputy General-Secretary of Sadtu