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Johannsburg - The decision to suspend Sadtu president Thobile Ntola was not made lightly, the union's deputy president Magope Maphila said on Friday.
“The decision to suspend the president of the union pending an investigation was by no means an easy one,” he said at the SA Democratic Teachers' Union national general council in Kempton Park.
“In it's collective wisdom... a special sitting of the national executive committee felt that such a move was necessitated by certain prevailing circumstances which we are not at liberty to discuss at this stage.”
Ntola was suspended in August, reportedly for giving suspended Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi a platform to address Sadtu members in the Eastern Cape.
In August, Cosatu placed Vavi on special leave after he admitted to having an affair with a colleague.
Ntola was also suspended, reportedly for commenting in the media that Sadtu's Eastern Cape region had accepted Vavi's apology for the incident.
On Friday Maphila criticised Sadtu members who behaved like “pop stars” when they were put in front of television cameras.