South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in the Nelson Mandela region in the Eastern Cape has vowed to continue to support its suspended President Thobile Ntola.
The union held a special meeting in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday – rejecting the action taken against him. Ntola told the SABC he was suspended for allowing Cosatu Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi to speak at a recent Sadtu gathering – where he apologised for his infidelity with a subordinate.
The teachers who attended the gathering two weeks ago are standing by their president. Sadtu regional chairperson Mazotsho Dukwe says the timing of Ntola’s suspension is questionable as it excludes him from the federation’s meeting which is currently underway in Johannesburg.
Dukwe says they support Ntola and will appeal the decision to suspend him because Vavi was accepted by the conference of Sadtu members. The special Cosatu CEC meeting being held in Johannesburg will determine whether action will be taken against the federations’ embattled Secretary-General. Vavi is in trouble over a sex scandal with a 26-year-old colleague.