Sizwe Mchunu, MPP
DA KZN Leader / DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety
The Democratic Alliance calls on KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Mammonye Ngobeni to urgently intervene after Sadtu members today disrupted matric trial exams at schools in the province.
According to reports, trade union members blockaded roads to prevent access to question paper distribution centres and also stormed schools, tearing up exam papers.
Sadtu has a right to strike but recent events point to a union that has taken this privilege to an unacceptable level. The DA is deeply concerned by these developments and regards Sadtu’s actions as nothing short of criminal.
We call on KZN MEC, Willies Mchunu and the Commissioner to take charge and ensure that there is a strong police presence at exam distribution centres and schools. They must also send out a clear message that misconduct by union members will not be tolerated.
Education remains one of the biggest challenges facing our province. Thousands of young people are desperate to do well in their exams – for many it is the only escape from a lifetime of poverty. Their futures must not be jeopardised by a handful of reckless individuals.