Siteki branch SNAT members hold 3hr prayer service
SITEKI - Teachers in the Siteki branch of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) held a three-hour prayer service yesterday.
They were requesting divine intervention in their quest to have their salaries increased by 4.5 per cent.
The prayer, which was attended by close to 200 teachers, was held at the Good Shepherd Mission hall.
Teachers started arriving for the prayer as early as 8am, although the service eventually started at 11am, and finished at 2pm.
Chairperson of the Siteki SNAT branch Percis Dlamini was the programme director.
Dlamini told teachers that it was impossible to win battles without the intervention of God.
Dlamini added that the prayer service was part of this week’s progr-amme, which was drawn up by teachers during their meeting on Tuesday.
Before the prayer service started there was a near confrontation between the police and teachers as some teachers wanted the police in attendance to leave the hall.
Plain-clothed police and uniformed police had crammed the hall such that some teachers remained outside since there was no space inside.
Dlamini politely requested the police to leave, they refused point-blank, saying they also wanted to be part of the prayer service.
The programme director then proposed that the programme continue despite the presence of the security forces.