Cops thwart bid to disrupt city schools
MBABANE – The protest action by close to 100 teachers proved to be a failed attempt to disrupt classes in schools around the capital city yesterday.
Both primary and high school teachers joined the protest action dubbed Waya Waya by the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT).
They tried hard to disrupt classes in schools like Mater Dolorosa High School (MDS), John Wesley Primary and High School and KaBoyce High School.
The police manned the locked gates at these schools to ensure that lessons were conducted accordingly.
The heavy presence of the armed police made it practically impossible for protesting teachers to force their way into the aforementioned schools.
It was clear to all and sundry that it was a failed attempt by the teachers to disrupt classes.
Upon realising that their efforts were all in vain, the sparse crowd of teachers then began chanting the song titled ‘onkhe malanga siyazabalaza wena uyasebenza’ loosely translated each time we take to the streets you remain at work.
They were against the decision by some of their colleagues to continue with lessons as if all was well.
The protesting teachers screamed on top of their voices: "Phansi ngemagundvwane lasebentako – meaning down with the rats that are at work."
It was around 1:20pm when the evidently exhausted protesters retired for the day.
MDS pupils join protesters
MBABANE – Some pupils from Mater Dolorosa High School joined the protesting teachers yesterday.
They chanted political songs, toyi-toyied and whistled at the entrance leading to the school.
It is worth mentioning that it was a rare scenario as the teachers performed their toyi-toyi outside the locked gates while pupils were in full action inside the school premises.
Evidently content with the demon-stration by the pupils, some of the teachers repeatedly shouted: "Viva, viva bafundzi".
Some pupils responded: "Come and fetch us (wotani nisilandze)".
All the action happened at around lunch hour and pupils from neighbouring John Wesley Primary watched every move.