Mkhatshwa criticises feuding Snat, principals
MBABANE – Elliot Mkha-tshwa, SOS High School Committee Deputy Chairman has criticised the Swaziland Principals Association (SWAPA) and SNAT for failing to speak in one voice.
Mkhwatshwa was once the leader of the then Swaziland National Association of Civil Servants (SNACS), now National Association of Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU).
Mkhatshwa said SWAPA and the Swaziland National Association of Teachers should become a unit in order to be heard. He said if they were fighting among themselves the ‘enemy’ would be at an advantage.
He sympathised with teachers who earned less because of the no-work-no-pay rule, saying they were faced with a difficult situation.
However, he said this was a matter between them and their employer (government). He said government had to refund parents from the money it deducted from teachers’ salaries.
Meanwhile, Mkhatshwa said the police were wrong to block parents from delivering a petition to Parliament. "Since government had not taken any initiative to address us as parents on why teachers were on strike, it was our right to go to Parliament and deliver our concerns."
Mkhatshwa accused government of not updating parents on the status quo. He said it was surprising that when parents intend to seek redress from Parliament, they are barred.
Government does not respect our rights as citizens. I agree with you Mr Mkhatshwa, government by now should have adressed us as parents on the status quo but since 'somebody' is running the show, akabuboni bumcoka baloko. Why is it him everytime there is unrest in the country, uyaphatseka? Akatibuke naye kutsi wenta kona yini. Parliamentarians are on our mandate as citizens, why block us from seeing them? That was a non violent walk. The police act like they are not affected
Jul 24, 2012, 6:46 AM, Thabo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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