Nine more teachers arrested!
NHLANGANO - Nine teachers were arrested and charged by the Nhlangano police yesterday after allegedly threatening teachers at Nyamane High School and Makhonza Primary School with violence for conducting lessons.
The teachers are alleged to have intimidated Nhlanhla Elphas Bhembe, Musa Mandla Ndlangamandla (both teachers at Nyamane High School), Maxwell Hlophe and Norman Shabangu (both teachers at Makhonza Primary School) and further threatened them with violence in a bid to force them to join Day 5 of the teachers’ ‘Waya Waya’ strike.
According to sources, the teachers were arrested after police fired three shots in the air after a group of them invaded Nyamane High School demanding that teachers conducting lessons abandon class.
They were taken to the Nhlangano Police Station where they were formally charged before being taken to the Nhlangano Magistrates Court where they appeared before Senior Magistrate Peter Simelane last night.
Sabelo Masuku represented the accused persons while Fana Harmonious Bhembe appeared for the Crown.
Masuku moved a bail application on the basis they were citizens of the country and they were not served with any court order banning the ongoing strike action.
He said the matter of determining if there was any contempt of court committed by the teachers by continuing with a strike action was pending at the Industrial Court.
The accused persons were each granted bail fixed at E750 and they were cautioned against interfering with state witnesses.
They were also warned to appear before court when duly warned to do so and that they should desist from visiting other schools to intimidate teachers in class.
They were warned to appear before court on July 2.
The names of arrested teachers are Elliot Nyawo (44) of Ngwane Practising Primary School, Dan Mthunzi (39) of Mahamba High School, Cebile Mazibuko (29) of Mbukwane High School, Winile Khoza (27) of Nkulungo Primary School, Lungile Maziya (27) of Mabamba Primary School, Phetsile Fakudze (32) of Ngwane Central Primary School, Lindiwe Zikalala (45) of Ngwane Central Primary School, Bhekiwe Mango (27) of Mlambo Primary School and Ziyanda Mabuza (32) of Single Tree Primary School.
Phambili bo tishela these sell outs should be marked so that when you are at the promised land they are brought to book because they should know better kutsi this is bigger than them as individuals . Ningapheli mandla i still insist that the whole lot should join in and go all the way sitobona kutsi batobopha ngakhi wema swati are we all gonna go to jail mmmh????????
Jun 29, 2012, 8:01 AM, sgacamabhande (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What a stubborn government we have, bafuna kusutsa bodwa and further dig deeper in our already empty pockets. Ngubani longasho kutsi abawaniki ngani lamathishela lemali lencane labayifunako. We are all sick and tired of this sick government lesinaye lakangwane, kepha sesitawufika lasiya khona masign lawa e revolution. phambili snat phambili, i support the waya- waya strike ngoba siyasiva sikhalo senu.
Jun 29, 2012, 10:06 AM, lanconco (email@example.com)
Ngiphasisa stay in mine bothishela. Stay in Proves that silence and peace are the better ways of defeating conflicts.
Jun 29, 2012, 10:06 AM, LBGNSM
It is unfair for teachers to get arrested just for éncouraging their collegues to join the protest. The sad part here is that government claims to be broke yet they keep spending on non-essential projects. eg: how many vehicles does the army have? Do they really need so many? In my opinion, teachers should go waya-waya until something happens
Jun 29, 2012, 2:54 PM, Mr Taala (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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