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Johannesburg - The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has called on church members in the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) to transform the union or resign.
“The church... has called on church members who also belong to Sadtu either to transform the trade union into a body that truly serves the cause of education, or resign from Sadtu,” it said in a statement on Friday.
The church's provincial synod adopted a resolution on Friday to condemn “corruption and laziness which deprives our children of the education they deserve”.
It called on Sadtu to “refrain from destructive stay-aways” and on Parliament to declare teaching an essential service.
Sadtu spokeswoman Nomusa Cembi said the union was surprised by the church's statement.
“We have not killed anyone and we are not running a corrupt organisation. As far as we are concerned, we are serving a purpose,” she said.
“We would not have 260 000 members if we were playing fools. Are they trying to say that all of them are just out to play games? We know that we are sincere about fighting for quality education.”
She said it was as it as though the church was spreading propaganda against the union.