Move to oust SNAT bosses uncovered
MBABANE - A petition calling for a vote of no confidence to be passed against the current executive committee of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) is circulating among members of the organisation.
The petition is calling upon the membership of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers to endorse their signatures for the vote of no confidence to be passed against the Sibongile Mazibuko led executive Committee.
The main reasons remain unclear.
The petition calls for the Secretary General Muzi Mhlanga and the President Sibongile Mazibuko and other members of the Executive Committee to be removed from their positions before the elections to be held in August this year.
They want Mazibuko to be replaced by Spasha Dlamini and Mhlanga replaced by one Justice Dlamini who is also a teacher. The petition has been circulated in all four regions of the country where members were asked to endorse it.
The petition was being circulated during the Workers Day held at Salesian sports ground where teachers were asked to endorse it. Some of the teachers are reported to have signed the petition while others are said to have refused.
According to SNAT Constitution two thirds of the membership should endorse the petition for a vote of no confidence to be passed on the executive committee.
There are 11 000 members of the association which means 7 000 members should sign the petition for the vote of no confidence to be passed against the current executive.
SNAT President Sibongile Mazibuko said she heard about this move. "It is the people who elected me who have a right to recall me so I do not want to be seen destabilising the democratic process as it is their constitutional right to do so," she said.
Another issue that has caused division amongst the members of the association is that of the position of the Secretary General as Mhlanga who is on government secondment cannot be seconded for the second time. This means that he would not be able to be elected and be able to hold the same the position again.
Some teachers feel he should return while others feel he cannot be on secondment for the second time as this is against government general standing orders.
Mazibuko said the issue of the position of the Secretary General in the association was currently being handled by the National executive committee.
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