Sadtu’s Pretoria march starts

12/02/2013. SADTU protesting outside the Basic Education Department in Pretoria yesterday. Picture: Oupa Mokoena

12/02/2013. SADTU protesting outside the Basic Education Department in Pretoria yesterday. Picture: Oupa Mokoena

Published Apr 24, 2013

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Pretoria - Marchers were making their way to the Union Buildings, Pretoria, on Wednesday, in a protest intended to force Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to resign.

At least 3000 striking SA Democratic Teachers' Union members gathered in an open space in Marabastad, on the outskirts of the CBD, earlier in the day.

Protesters from various provinces were bused to Pretoria to participate.

Escorted by the police, they stopped briefly at the basic education department's offices before proceeding to the Union Buildings, where they were expected to hand a memorandum to government officials.

Sadtu said earlier it expected about 25 000 of its members to take part in the Pretoria march and a similar march to Parliament, in Cape Town. In Pretoria protesters arrived in over 20 buses.

The union is calling for the resignations of Motshekga and her director general Bobby Soobrayan.

On Monday the education department said teachers who joined the protests would face disciplinary action and that the no-work, no-pay principle would apply. - Sapa

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