Telling empowering stories, South Africans want to hear

Monday, 01 July 2024 11:47

Sadtu sees Gwarube's appointment as new Basic Education Minister problematic.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) has expressed concern over the appoitnment of Democratic Alliance (DA) heading the Ministry of Basic Education.

This follows the appointment of DA Member of Parliament (MP) Siviwe Gwarube to the position. The new cabinet, composed under the National Government of Unity (GNU), consists of a total of 32 ministers and 43 deputy ministers.

Sadtu general secretary, Dr Mugwena Maluleke, said Gwarube's appointment to lead the basic education department is problematic.

"This is an affront, the appointment of Siviwe because in the manifesto of the DA, the DA is creating a narrative based obviously on ideologies that the DA believes in, that Sadtu is a stumbling block to quality education.

"The DA has been clear in terms of rejecting those transformational policies that the Department of Basic Education wanted to implement, including rejecting the Bela Bill that basically wanted to help us with issues of language which should be addressed to deal with discrimination in our schools based on language."

Maluleke said the appointment "of the DA minister who does not believe in transformation, does not believe in equity" has made the union upset.

"We really are not happy, I must indicate, with the department being headed by a person from the DA, irrespective of whether black, white, or brown that is not an issue. The issue is that those (people) believe in the ideology that the DA still has, that the poor and the working class must always accept the inferior status and this white supremacy mentality has governed the DA throughout and we have seen it even in the letters that have been leaked, the statements by Helen Zille – obviously that is their culture, their belief, their ideology and that is the issue," said Maluleke.

He said Sadtu fears Gwarube will attempt to repeal the Basic Education Law Amendment (Bela) Bill which was passed by the National Assembly and awaits Ramaphosa's signature.

"We know that she is going to attempt to repeal, to reverse that because the DA did not support it. The president has not signed it, and we wonder why the president has not signed it because the president signed a number of Bills just before the elections, and only left this one out."

The announcement of the new executive followed more than a week of negotiations that ensued when the African National Congress invited its rivals to join a so-called government of national unity after losing its parliamentary majority in May 29 elections.